[ dis-kuhm-fit ]
/ dɪsˈkʌm fɪt /

verb (used with object)

to confuse and deject; disconcert: to be discomfited by a question.
to frustrate the plans of; thwart; foil.
Archaic. to defeat utterly; rout: The army was discomfited in every battle.


Archaic. rout; defeat.

Origin of discomfit

1175–1225; Middle English < Anglo-French descunfit, Old French desconfit, past participle of desconfire, equivalent to des- dis-1 + confire to make, accomplish < Latin conficere; see confect

Related forms

dis·com·fit·er, nounun·dis·com·fit·ed, adjective

Can be confused

discomfit discomfort
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/ (dɪsˈkʌmfɪt) /

verb (tr)

to make uneasy, confused, or embarrassed
to frustrate the plans or purpose of
archaic to defeat in battle

Derived Forms

discomfiter, noundiscomfiture, noun

Word Origin for discomfit

C14: from Old French desconfire to destroy, from des- (indicating reversal) + confire to make, from Latin conficere to produce; see confect
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