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
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.