discomfit

[ 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.

noun

Archaic. rout; defeat.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM discomfit

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH discomfit

discomfit discomfort
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British Dictionary definitions for discomfiting

discomfit
/ (dɪsˈkʌmfɪt) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived forms of discomfit

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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