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discomfort

[dis-kuhm-fert]
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noun
  1. an absence of comfort or ease; uneasiness, hardship, or mild pain.
  2. anything that is disturbing to or interferes with comfort.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to disturb the comfort or happiness of; make uncomfortable or uneasy.
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Origin of discomfort

1300–50; (v.) Middle English discomforten to discourage, pain < Anglo-French descomforter to sadden, grieve; see dis-1, comfort; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, derivative of v.
Related formsdis·com·fort·a·ble [dis-kuhm-fer-tuh-buh l, -kuhmf-tuh-] /dɪsˈkʌm fər tə bəl, -ˈkʌmf tə-/, adjectivedis·com·fort·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confuseddiscomfit discomfort
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Related Words

nettledisquietupsetdistressdiscomfitdiscomposedisturbembarrassperturbvex

Examples from the Web for discomforting

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  • If discomforting forces assailed the republic, they must be crushed.

    Rose MacLeod

    Alice Brown

  • "Why, we aren't nearly there yet," was Betty's discomforting reply.

  • I thought of our own devices, comforting or discomforting kinships!

    1492

    Mary Johnston

  • He wanted to be without it and its discomforting reproaches.

    Great Possessions

    Mrs. Wilfrid Ward

  • This discomforting thought was dissipated by the action of Tippo Sahib.

    Brave Tom

    Edward S. Ellis


British Dictionary definitions for discomforting

discomfort

noun
  1. an inconvenience, distress, or mild pain
  2. something that disturbs or deprives of ease
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verb
  1. (tr) to make uncomfortable or uneasy
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Word Origin and History for discomforting

discomfort

n.

mid-14c., from Old French desconfort (12c.), from desconforter (v.), from des- (see dis-) + conforter (see comfort (v.)).

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discomfort

v.

c.1300, "to deprive of courage," from Old French desconforter; see discomfort (n.). Related: Discomforted; discomforting.

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