discomfit

[dis-kuhm-fit]
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; 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

discomfiter, noun
undiscomfited, adjective

discomfit, discomfort.


1. discompose, embarrass, disturb.
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discomfit (dɪsˈkʌmfɪt)
 
vb
1.  to make uneasy, confused, or embarrassed
2.  to frustrate the plans or purpose of
3.  archaic to defeat in battle
 
[C14: from Old French desconfire to destroy, from des- (indicating reversal) + confire to make, from Latin conficere to produce; see confect]
 
dis'comfiter
 
n
 
dis'comfiture
 
n

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discomfit
early 13c., from O.Fr. desconfit, pp. of desconfire "to defeat, destroy," from des- "not" + confire "make, prepare, accomplish." Weaker sense of "disconcert" is first recorded 1520s in English, probably by confusion with discomfort. Related: Discomfited.
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Example sentences
Each time he felt flattered, though also somewhat discomfited.
He was answered by shouts of laughter, and after a vain attempt to climb in, retired discomfited.
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