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discomfiture

[dis-kuhm-fi-cher] /dɪsˈkʌm fɪ tʃər/
noun
1.
the state of being disconcerted; confusion; embarrassment.
2.
frustration of hopes or plans.
3.
Archaic. defeat in battle; rout.
Origin of discomfiture
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English desconfiture < Anglo-French: defeat. See discomfit, -ure
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  • He entered with an expression of discomfiture on his rather vacuous countenance.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • "Oh, I'll apologize," he said with a wry smile of discomfiture.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Gilberte insistently went on, as if enjoying her friend's discomfiture.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • 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

    Sir Hall Caine
  • He'll be ready enough to act after his discomfiture at Maidstone.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • With that she melted into tears, and his discomfiture was complete.

  • Ted shook his head helplessly, while his sister laughed at his discomfiture.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • But in this case, Eucharis (Kate) laughed immoderately at his discomfiture.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
Word Origin and History for discomfiture
n.

mid-14c., from Old French desconfiture "rout, defeat" (12c.; Modern French déconfiture), from desconfit (see discomfit).

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