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discomfort

[dis-kuhm-fert] /dɪsˈkʌm fərt/
noun
1.
an absence of comfort or ease; uneasiness, hardship, or mild pain.
2.
anything that is disturbing to or interferes with comfort.
verb (used with object)
3.
to disturb the comfort or happiness of; make uncomfortable or uneasy.
Origin of discomfort
1300-1350
1300-50; (v.) Middle English discomforten to discourage, pain < Anglo-French descomforter to sadden, grieve; see dis-1, comfort; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, derivative of v.
Related forms
discomfortable
[dis-kuhm-fer-tuh-buh l, -kuhmf-tuh-] /dɪsˈkʌm fər tə bəl, -ˈkʌmf tə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
discomfortingly, adverb
Can be confused
discomfit, discomfort.
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  • How to inflict the maximum of discomfort upon M. Destournelle with the minimum of risk to herself was the question.

  • I sincerely hope that what I have done will not result in any discomfort or inconvenience to you.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • That meant some discomfort for her during part of the time, where the surroundings were not pleasant.

  • You can excuse the disorder and discomfort of a painter's studio?'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • But the players, though it was impossible for them to forget their own discomfort, at once made the spectators forget theirs.

    Mrs. Warren's Profession George Bernard Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for discomfort

discomfort

/dɪsˈkʌmfət/
noun
1.
an inconvenience, distress, or mild pain
2.
something that disturbs or deprives of ease
verb
3.
(transitive) to make uncomfortable or uneasy
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Word Origin and History for discomfort
n.

mid-14c., from Old French desconfort (12c.), from desconforter (v.), from des- (see dis-) + conforter (see comfort (v.)).

v.

c.1300, "to deprive of courage," from Old French desconforter; see discomfort (n.). Related: Discomforted; discomforting.

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