- 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.
- Archaic to defeat; overthrow
- to frustrate the plans or expectations of
- to make uneasy; disconcert
Origin of discomfitMiddle English discomfiten ; from Old French desconfit, past participle of desconfire ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form disconficere ; from Classical Latin dis- + conficere: see confect
transitive verbdis·com·fit·ed, dis·com·fit·ing, dis·com·fits
- To make uneasy or perplexed; disconcert. See Synonyms at embarrass.
- Archaic To defeat in battle; vanquish.
Origin of discomfitMiddle 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).
(third-person singular simple present discomfits, present participle discomfiting, simple past and past participle discomfited)
While widely used to mean “to embarrass, to disconcert”, prescriptive usage considers this a mistake (confusion with discomfort), and restrict discomfit to meaning “to defeat”.
(comparative more discomfit, superlative most discomfit)
- (obsolete) discomfited; overthrown
From Old French desconfit, past participle of desconfire (“to undo, to destroy”), from des- (“completely”), from Latin dis- + confire (“to make”), from Latin conficio (“to finish up, to destroy”), from com- (“with, together”) + facio (“to do, to make”).
Later sense of “to embarrass, to disconcert” due to confusion with unrelated discomfort.