discomfit

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v discomfit cause to lose one's composure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Discomfit Discomfited; overthrown.
    • n Discomfit Rout; overthrow; discomfiture. "Such a discomfit as shall quite despoil him."
    • Discomfit To break up and frustrate the plans of; to balk, to throw into perplexity and dejection; to disconcert. "Well, go with me and be not so discomfited ."
    • Discomfit To scatter in fight; to put to rout; to defeat. "And his proud foes discomfit in victorious field."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • discomfit To foil or thwart in battle; overcome completely in fighting; defeat; rout.
    • discomfit To disconcert; foil; frustrate the plans of; throw into perplexity and dejection.
    • discomfit Synonyms Overpower, Rout, etc. See defeat.
    • n discomfit Rout; defeat; discomfiture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Discomfit dis-kum′fit to disconcert, to balk: to defeat or rout
    • pr.p Discomfit discom′fiting; pa.p. discom′fited
    • n Discomfit (Milt.) defeat
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. desconfit, p. p. of desconfire, F. déconfire,; fr. L. dis-, + conficere, to make ready, prepare, bring about. See Comfit Fact

Usage

In literature:

That evening the old trainer, driving through the village, came on the discomfited artist and drew up to have a word with him.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
Had he most reason to be comforted or to be discomfited by what had taken place?
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
She went out of the room to call the servant, but in a few minutes she came back discomfited, a little pout on her lips.
"A Dozen Ways Of Love" by Lily Dougall
This warrior, who had been elevated to the throne solely by the right of victory, now returned discomfited.
"History of the Expedition to Russia" by Count Philip de Segur
So we find Guynemer once more on the Anglet beach, sad and discomfited.
"Georges Guynemer" by Henry Bordeaux
The girls who had been laughing at me now chaffed the discomfited sentry unmercifully.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
More than a week has elapsed since the return of the discomfited war-party to their desolate and ravished homes.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
It was with difficulty that Garrofat choked down his rage at this latest failure of his plans to discomfit or destroy the prince.
"Bright-Wits, Prince of Mogadore" by Burren Laughlin and L. L. Flood
Not that Grandma looked discomfited on this account, or in bad humor.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume II. (of X.)" by Various
After a moment's pause, I returned, discomfited and perplexed, to the street.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
A general laugh followed at this and Gay, somewhat discomfited, turned to Lavinia.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
The discomfited villain broke into a volley of oaths, and proceeded to pick himself up.
"Adrift in New York" by Horatio Alger
Whereupon being not a little discomfited, we were advising with ourselves what we should do.
"Ideal Commonwealths" by Various
He was plainly angry and discomfitted.
"Bumper, The White Rabbit" by George Ethelbert Walsh
Their discomfited hearts will be being prepared for some word or sin.
"The Mark of the Beast" by Sidney Watson
There was no exultation over a discomfited foe.
"Personal Recollections of Birmingham and Birmingham Men" by E. Edwards
I was utterly discomfited.
"The House of Martha" by Frank R. Stockton
For the time Clarke was discomfited.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
Franklin was gone and Sir Charles was gone, and Lady Pickering soon followed, not in the least discomfited by the unexpected turn of events.
"Franklin Kane" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
The two strong columns that had advanced, in full confidence of success, had returned utterly discomfited.
"No Surrender!" by G. A. Henty
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In poetry:

When Midian, encamped,
'Gainst Israel took their post,
Who, with a pitcher and a lamp,
Discomfited their host ?
"Enigma XXXVI." by Elizabeth Hitchener
To patience by such heat, scorching the jewel
Gleaming so cruel on his venomous head,
That worm, whose tongue, as the blast burns along,
Licks it for coolness--all discomfited--
Strikes not his strange friend dead!
"Grisma; Or The Season Of Heat" by Edwin Arnold

In news:

Yet, according to some psychologists, the mere presence of females can force men to confront their discomfiting needs for sex, love, and intimacy.
But talking to filmmakers about the Osama bin Laden raid discomfits some Americans, including Rep Peter King (R) of New York.
With her large, if rare, grin and high forehead, Liv Ullmann was always the least dreamy of the axiomatic New Wave–era actresses—she was no one's Anna Karina or Monica Vitti—and the most discomfitingly fierce.
The fact that the LGBT population uses a drug or two shouldn't come as a complete shock to anyone in it, but a recent analysis of studies on substance abuse by the Center for American Progress (via The Fix) presents discomfiting results.
Still, some may find Ackerely's seemingly unconscious identifications with Tulip 's sexuality and his fixation on defecation a tad discomfiting.
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