discomfort

verb
dis·​com·​fort | \ dis-ˈkəm(p)-fərt \
discomforted; discomforting; discomforts

Definition of discomfort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 archaic : dismay sense 1
2 : to make uncomfortable or uneasy

discomfort

noun

Definition of discomfort (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic : distress, grief
2 : mental or physical uneasiness : annoyance

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Other Words from discomfort

Verb

discomfortable \ -​ˈkəm(p)-​fər-​tə-​bəl , -​ˈkəm(p)f-​tər-​bəl \ adjective

Examples of discomfort in a Sentence

Verb

the harsh criticism of his musical talent did not discomfort him in the least

Noun

The patient is still experiencing some discomfort. These new developments are being watched with discomfort by many of our allies.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Fear and discomfort around bondage and kink typically come out of misunderstanding what BDSM is—and is not. Gigi Engle, SELF, "5 Ways to Ease Your Partner Into Trying Bondage and Kink," 28 Sep. 2018 The sound of a gunshot can range from discomforting to downright painful, depending on the caliber and the distance from gun to listener. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Marines Are Equipping Hundreds of Infantrymen with Silencers," 28 Nov. 2016 In a pioneering pop-up event, the graffiti king had taken over a shop in Westbourne Grove and filled it with live rats that scampered among the artworks in a failed attempt to discomfort the Notting Hill crowd. Waldemar Januszczak, A-LIST, "Kate Moss: The Golden Girl," 1 July 2018 Shakti Chen’s understandable emotions became a discomforting go-to reaction shot for producers even as others spoke. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "No ifs about it after Fox's O.J. Simpson show: 'I remember I grabbed the knife'," 12 Mar. 2018 Was his presence discomforting in the midst of the #TimesUp movement considering his checkered past? Jake Kring-schreifels, Esquire, "The Best, Worst, and Weirdest Moments of the 2018 Oscars," 5 Mar. 2018 To those allies and partners who are discomforted by uncertainty, the onus is on them to draw nearer and listen more closely. Jerry Hendrix, National Review, "Trump and His Strategy of Ambiguity," 8 Jan. 2018 The strange comfort of this otherwise discomforting listen is, in fact, the proof that artmaking survives everything. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The 10 Best Albums of 2017," 12 Dec. 2017 The opera has discomforting timeliness at a time when many Americans feel trapped in partisan battles over elites, economic justice and borders; yet the will to change things is somehow lacking. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: If You See One Opera This Year, Make It ‘The Exterminating Angel’," 27 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The anaphylactic reaction to the nuts on the plane caused severe pain and discomfort. Tricia Powell As Told To Nicole Blades, Good Housekeeping, "When an Airline Served Nuts on My Flight, I Almost Died in Front of My Kids," 26 Sep. 2018 That's just what the recipient did, not just once, but four different times, with varying degrees of discomfort. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Here are your 2018 Ig Nobel Prize winners," 13 Sep. 2018 Despite the pain and discomfort, Scheidt found a place of freeing creativity, a rare chance to focus exclusively on art rather than worrying about what to do with it. Steve Knopper, chicagotribune.com, "Yob is out here with an album of hopeful doom metal, people," 5 July 2018 Privacy - Terms The fact is that this is the time of the season when all players, not just the position players, are dealing with some form of discomfort. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Even Rangers' hottest hitter has to obey his body," 30 June 2018 The ailment slowed him all summer, the pain and discomfort intensifying after awkward swings, and ultimately resulted in a trip to the disabled list. Rustin Dodd, kansascity, "Salvador Perez, baseball’s most durable catcher, has a goal: Better health," 15 Feb. 2018 If there's less than a half teaspoon of blood and it's accompanied by some pain and discomfort down there, Watson says the bleeding is probably caused by internal hemorrhoids and needs to be checked out. Tehrene Firman, Redbook, "12 Things Your Poop Says About Your Health," 15 Aug. 2017 Protecting [yourself] while in the sun can prevent short-term risks such as pain and discomfort. Liz Doupnik, Seventeen, "Summer Skincare 101: Expert Tips To Scoring A Safe Tan!," 11 June 2013 This seemingly minor technical issue sparked hours of discomfort and delay for passengers like 18-year-old Abigail Fitzgibbon from Boston, who was returning after the holiday break to her freshman year at UCLA. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Alaska Airlines flight diversion leads to a 30-hour nightmare for passengers," 8 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of discomfort

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for discomfort

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French descomforter, from des- dis- + comforter to comfort

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The first known use of discomfort was in the 14th century

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discomfort

verb

English Language Learners Definition of discomfort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : to make (someone) uncomfortable, worried, etc.

discomfort

noun

English Language Learners Definition of discomfort (Entry 2 of 2)

: an uncomfortable or painful feeling in the body
: a feeling of being somewhat worried, unhappy, etc.

discomfort

noun
dis·​com·​fort | \ dis-ˈkəm-fərt \

Kids Definition of discomfort

: the condition of being uncomfortable The dog whimpered in discomfort.

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