- to confuse and deject; disconcert: to be discomfited by a question.
- to frustrate the plans of; thwart; foil.
- Archaic. to defeat utterly; rout: The army was discomfited in every battle.
- Archaic. rout; defeat.
Origin of discomfit
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Examples from the Web for discomfit
And thus did you discomfit the dark designs of your enemies.The Oxford Reformers
He had not known that a wisp of a girl could so discomfit a man.Dennison Grant
If this were all that Shaynon could have trumped up to discomfit him—!The Day of Days
Louis Joseph Vance
It was supposed that the banquet was given to test the duke's popularity and to discomfit the Protestants and exclusionists.Old and New London
Yet a little piece of statistics may serve to discomfit those who are incredulous on this point.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- to make uneasy, confused, or embarrassed
- to frustrate the plans or purpose of
- archaic to defeat in battle
Word Origin and History for discomfit
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.