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Definition of "discomfit" [dis•com•fit]

  • To make uneasy or perplexed; disconcert. See Synonyms at embarrass. (verb-transitive)
  • To thwart the plans of; frustrate. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To defeat in battle; vanquish. (verb-transitive)
  • Discomfiture. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "discomfit" in a sentence
  • "*By the way, I hereby forsake the verb "discomfit"."
  • "How did we become such delicate creatures that we cannot dare to read a word that might discomfit us?"
  • "After 1900 he increasingly withdrew from active participation in politics, with his most prominent involvement being occasional embarrassing public statements to discomfit his own ministers."