Discomfit is defined as to cause someone to feel uneasy or embarrassed.verb
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.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- Archaic to defeat; overthrow
- to frustrate the plans or expectations of
- to make uneasy; disconcert
Origin: ME discomfiten < OFr desconfit, pp. of desconfire < VL *disconficere < L dis- + conficere: see confect
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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.