- Discomfit is defined as to cause someone to feel uneasy or embarrassed.
When you point out to the entire room that your friend has said something foolish, this is an example of when you discomfit your friend.
discomfit definition by Webster's New World
- Archaic to defeat; overthrow
- to frustrate the plans or expectations of
- to make uneasy; disconcert
Origin: Middle English discomfiten ; from Old French desconfit, past participle of desconfire ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form disconficere ; from Classical Latin dis- plush conficere: see confect
discomfit definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb dis·com·fit·ed, dis·com·fit·ing, dis·com·fits
- To make uneasy or perplexed; disconcert. See Synonyms at embarrass.
- To thwart the plans of; frustrate.
- Archaic To defeat in battle; vanquish.
Origin: Middle English discomfiten, from Old French desconfit, past participle of desconfire, descumfire, to defeat : des-, dis- + confire, to make (from Latin cōnficere, to prepare; see comfit).Usage Note: It is true that discomfit originally meant “to defeat, frustrate” and that its newer use meaning “to embarrass, disconcert” probably arose in part through confusion with discomfort. But the newer sense is now the most common use of the verb in all varieties of writing and should be considered entirely standard.