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[dis-kuhm-fert] /dɪsˈkʌm fərt/
an absence of comfort or ease; uneasiness, hardship, or mild pain.
anything that is disturbing to or interferes with comfort.
verb (used with object)
to disturb the comfort or happiness of; make uncomfortable or uneasy.
Origin of discomfort
1300-50; (v.) Middle English discomforten to discourage, pain < Anglo-French descomforter to sadden, grieve; see dis-1, comfort; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, derivative of v.
Related forms
[dis-kuhm-fer-tuh-buh l, -kuhmf-tuh-] /dɪsˈkʌm fər tə bəl, -ˈkʌmf tə-/ (Show IPA),
discomfortingly, adverb
Can be confused
discomfit, discomfort. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for discomforted
Historical Examples
  • A warm grasp of the hand from each was the only reply, and I turned once more to my discomforted friends the Guerillas.

  • These had been her words, and they discomforted him greatly.

    The Duke's Children Anthony Trollope
  • The real master of Fair Acres did not seem at all discomforted at this proof of his ignorance of his own estate.

    Under the Mendips Emma Marshall
  • The discomforted Misses Salter finding lingering and last words useless, at length took their departure.

  • Body-weary and discomforted, Donald likewise gave up the chase as the sound of Smiles' flight grew more distant and died away.

    'Smiles' Eliot H. Robinson
  • Now at the high time of the feast, was Aucassin leaning from a gallery, all woful and discomforted.

    Aucassin and Nicolete Andrew Lang
  • Then she passed out of the room, leaving the aunt and niece staring at each other with discomforted air.

  • He was no longer enveloped by that mild and tragically inquiring stare that had so discomforted him.

    The Shadow Arthur Stringer
  • Thank Him, then, with all your heart, and be not discomforted.

    En Route J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  • Neither of the supposed delinquents seemed at all awed or discomforted by the Earl's sudden apparition, or by his set speech.

    Barren Honour: A Novel George A. Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for discomforted


an inconvenience, distress, or mild pain
something that disturbs or deprives of ease
(transitive) to make uncomfortable or uneasy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for discomforted



mid-14c., from Old French desconfort (12c.), from desconforter (v.), from des- (see dis-) + conforter (see comfort (v.)).


c.1300, "to deprive of courage," from Old French desconforter; see discomfort (n.). Related: Discomforted; discomforting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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