verb (used with object)
Origin of discomfit
Examples from the Web for discomfiting
While comparisons are obvious, Ryan's use of the discomfiting capital-T "they" got me thinking: who exactly were "they"?
Most of the time, subtle cues—a flag, for instance—have a powerful, discomfiting pull on our behavior.Your Brain Is Not as Rational as You May Think It Is|Jesse Singal|April 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The GOP debates have already been entertaining, unpredictable, and discomfiting for the candidates.
"For the object of discomfiting a third adversary," filled in Korynthia.The Green Book|Mr Jkai
Brougham perceived the opportunity of discomfiting the hated Melbourne, and he pressed it.Sixty Years a Queen|Sir Herbert Maxwell
No one being there, the goldsmith went elsewhere in search of his wife, leaving the scholar to a discomfiting solitude.Captain Ravenshaw|Robert Neilson Stephens
It was discomfiting, that cool, penetrating, searching gaze.The Mutiny of the Elsinore|Jack London
Their nearness was a discomfiting thing to Lyster, for it was not easy to carry on a conversation under their watchful eyes.That Girl Montana|Marah Ellis Ryan
British Dictionary definitions for discomfiting
Word Origin for discomfit
Word Origin and History for discomfiting
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.