"The reason is not far to seek," I answered, more to myself than her, as I ran down the stairs to discomfit that old man.
And thus did you discomfit the dark designs of your enemies.
Hereupon the proper thing is for something very harsh to break in, and discomfit all the wandering vision of earthly happiness.
He had not known that a wisp of a girl could so discomfit a man.
Buail to strike, trom heavy—trom-buail to smite sore, discomfit.
It was supposed that the banquet was given to test the duke's popularity and to discomfit the Protestants and exclusionists.
But it cannot be said that anything much happened to discomfit the publishing houses of little faith.
Yet a little piece of statistics may serve to discomfit those who are incredulous on this point.
The patriarch and the bishops did not seek to discomfit me by learned arguments or flimsy excuses.
It contained a small table and a stove, the latter of diminutive size, but smoky enough to discomfit a host.
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.