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discomfiture

[dis-kuhm-fi-cher]
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noun
  1. the state of being disconcerted; confusion; embarrassment.
  2. frustration of hopes or plans.
  3. Archaic. defeat in battle; rout.
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Origin of discomfiture

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


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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