- the state of being disconcerted; confusion; embarrassment.
- frustration of hopes or plans.
- Archaic. defeat in battle; rout.
Origin of discomfiture
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Examples from the Web for discomfiture
Recent years have seen an increase in private sector health care, to, inevitably, the relief of some and discomfiture of others.Reading Obamacare In Jerusalem
July 13, 2012
He entered with an expression of discomfiture on his rather vacuous countenance.
"Oh, I'll apologize," he said with a wry smile of discomfiture.
Gilberte insistently went on, as if enjoying her friend's discomfiture.The Downfall
He seemed to be enjoying their discomfiture, and absolutely confident of his own safety.The Einstein See-Saw
Miles John Breuer
"I know—I haven't forgot," he muttered, covering his discomfiture.A Son of Hagar</p>
Sir Hall Caine
Word Origin and History for discomfiture
mid-14c., from Old French desconfiture "rout, defeat" (12c.; Modern French déconfiture), from desconfit (see discomfit).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper