discomfiture

[ dis-kuhm-fi-cher ]
/ dɪsˈkʌm fɪ tʃər /

noun

the state of being disconcerted; confusion; embarrassment.
frustration of hopes or plans.
Archaic. defeat in battle; rout.

Nearby words

  1. discoloration,
  2. discolour,
  3. discombobulate,
  4. discombobulated,
  5. discomfit,
  6. discomfort,
  7. discomfortable,
  8. discommend,
  9. discommode,
  10. discommodity

Origin of discomfiture

1300–50; Middle English desconfiture < Anglo-French: defeat. See discomfit, -ure

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Word Origin and History for discomfiture

discomfiture

n.

mid-14c., from Old French desconfiture "rout, defeat" (12c.; Modern French déconfiture), from desconfit (see discomfit).

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