verb (used with object)
Origin of discomfit
Examples from the Web for discomfit
It was supposed that the banquet was given to test the duke's popularity and to discomfit the Protestants and exclusionists.Old and New London|Walter Thornbury
Seeking now for further material with which to discomfit Aubrey he had remembered the volume.Gargoyles|Ben Hecht
Queen sends message to L. to come secretly and discomfit knights.The Legend of Sir Lancelot du Lac|Jessie L. Weston
The patriarch and the bishops did not seek to discomfit me by learned arguments or flimsy excuses.The Thistle and the Cedar of Lebanon|Habeeb Risk Allah
It contained a small table and a stove, the latter of diminutive size, but smoky enough to discomfit a host.Audubon and his Journals, Vol. 2|Maria R. Audubon
Word Origin for discomfit
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.