The GOP debates have already been entertaining, unpredictable, and discomfiting for the candidates.
While comparisons are obvious, Ryan's use of the discomfiting capital-T "they" got me thinking: who exactly were "they"?
Most of the time, subtle cues—a flag, for instance—have a powerful, discomfiting pull on our behavior.
To the troopers, the sight of shoulder-straps was discomfiting.
It was discomfiting, that cool, penetrating, searching gaze.
The idea of more was discomfiting, yet it was possible that this was only the first of a travelling company.
She began to picture new acts of discomfiting adventure, new roads which should be shut to Vine through envy.
Eustace had no difficulty in justifying the customs of Luxeuil, and in discomfiting the violence of his accuser.
Brougham perceived the opportunity of discomfiting the hated Melbourne, and he pressed it.
It has a shrewd trick of grafting sorrows on our joys, and of handicapping success with discomfiting conditions.
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.