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.