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discomfiture

[dis-kuhm-fi-cher] /dɪsˈkʌm fɪ tʃər/
noun
1.
disconcertion; confusion; embarrassment.
2.
frustration of hopes or plans.
3.
Archaic. defeat in battle; rout.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English desconfiture < Anglo-French: defeat. See discomfit, -ure
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  • Annoyance, discomfiture and humiliation related to the physical injury are also proper damage elements for the jury.
Word Origin and History for discomfiture
n.

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

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