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[dis-kuhm-fi-cher] /dɪsˈkʌm fɪ tʃər/
the state of being disconcerted; confusion; embarrassment.
frustration of hopes or plans.
Archaic. defeat in battle; rout.
Origin of discomfiture
1300-50; Middle English desconfiture < Anglo-French: defeat. See discomfit, -ure Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The relics which it loves best are the relics of England's discomfiture.

    American Sketches Charles Whibley
  • The ladies managed to keep their countenances, but Dujardin's discomfiture was evident.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • Sasha returned to his charmer, who, unfortunately, had witnessed his discomfiture.

    Moscow Fred Whishaw
  • There was perplexity as well as discomfiture in the minds of his hearers.

    The Devil's Paw E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • His discomfiture, however, quickly gave way before the humor of the situation, and he burst into a roar of laughter.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • Seeing her discomfiture, Constans believed that he was entitled to enjoy his triumph.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • Plaudits loud and long greeted this discomfiture of the Protestants by the infernal powers.

    Henry IV, Makers of History John S. C. Abbott
  • The message that went back was of discomfiture and capitulation.

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Dreda put the question with the air of one launching a poser, but Mary Webster showed no signs of discomfiture.

    Etheldreda the Ready Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Word Origin and History for discomfiture

mid-14c., from Old French desconfiture "rout, defeat" (12c.; Modern French déconfiture), from desconfit (see discomfit).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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