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discomfit

[dis-kuhm-fit] /dɪsˈkʌm fɪt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to confuse and deject; disconcert:
to be discomfited by a question.
2.
to frustrate the plans of; thwart; foil.
3.
Archaic. to defeat utterly; rout:
The army was discomfited in every battle.
noun
4.
Archaic. rout; defeat.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English < Anglo-French descunfit, Old French desconfit, past participle of desconfire, equivalent to des- dis-1 + confire to make, accomplish < Latin conficere; see confect
Related forms
discomfiter, noun
undiscomfited, adjective
Can be confused
discomfit, discomfort.
Synonyms
1. discompose, embarrass, disturb.
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British Dictionary definitions for discomfit

discomfit

/dɪsˈkʌmfɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make uneasy, confused, or embarrassed
2.
to frustrate the plans or purpose of
3.
(archaic) to defeat in battle
Derived Forms
discomfiter, noun
discomfiture, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French desconfire to destroy, from des- (indicating reversal) + confire to make, from Latin conficere to produce; see confect
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Word Origin and History for discomfit
v.

c.1200, as an adjective, from Old French desconfit "vanquished, defeated," past participle of desconfire "to defeat, destroy," from des- "not" (see dis-) + confire "make, prepare, accomplish," from Latin conficere (see confection).

Used as a verb in English from c.1300. Weaker sense of "disconcert" is first recorded 1520s in English, probably by confusion with discomfort. Related: Discomfited; discomfiting.

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