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.

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Origin of discomfiture

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