- 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 discomfiting
While comparisons are obvious, Ryan's use of the discomfiting capital-T "they" got me thinking: who exactly were "they"?The MEK And 1979 Comparisons
September 26, 2012
Most of the time, subtle cues—a flag, for instance—have a powerful, discomfiting pull on our behavior.Your Brain Is Not as Rational as You May Think It Is
April 28, 2012
The GOP debates have already been entertaining, unpredictable, and discomfiting for the candidates.The Two GOP Candidates Being Shut Out
October 29, 2011
It was discomfiting, that cool, penetrating, searching gaze.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
"For the object of discomfiting a third adversary," filled in Korynthia.The Green Book
To the troopers, the sight of shoulder-straps was discomfiting.The Plow-Woman
Streaker, the housemaid, too, had an attribute of a most discomfiting nature.Three Ghost Stories
The silence that followed this non-committal remark was most discomfiting.Berry And Co.
- to make uneasy, confused, or embarrassed
- to frustrate the plans or purpose of
- archaic to defeat in battle
Word Origin and History for discomfiting
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.