discomfort

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n discomfort an uncomfortable feeling of mental painfulness or distress
    • n discomfort the state of being tense and feeling pain
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Queen Victoria eased the discomfort of her menstrual cramps by having her doctor supply her with marijuana.
    • Discomfort Discouragement.
    • Discomfort To destroy or disturb the comfort of; to deprive of quiet enjoyment; to make uneasy; to pain; as, a smoky chimney discomforts a family.
    • Discomfort To discourage; to deject. "His funeral shall not be in our camp,
      Lest it discomfort us."
    • Discomfort Want of comfort; uneasiness, mental or physical; disturbance of peace; inquietude; pain; distress; sorrow. "An age of spiritual discomfort .""Strive against all the discomforts of thy sufferings."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • discomfort To disturb the comfort or happiness of; make uncomfortable or uneasy; pain; grieve; sadden; deject.
    • n discomfort Absence of comfort or pleasure; uneasiness; disturbance of peace; pain; grief; sorrow; disquietude.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Discomfort dis-kum′furt want of comfort: uneasiness: pain
    • v.t Discomfort to deprive of comfort: to make uneasy: to pain: to grieve
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Quotations

  • Arnold Bennett
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    “Any change, even for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.”
  • Gloria Steinem
    Gloria%20Steinem
    “The only thing I can't stand is discomfort.”
  • Marquis De Sade
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    “The horror of wedlock, the most appalling, the most loathsome of all the bonds humankind has devised for its own discomfort and degradation.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. desconforter, F. déconforter, to discourage; pref. des-,L dis-,) + conforter,. See Comfort

Usage

In literature:

How he wished, as he sat in the cold discomfort of the shack, that he had heeded the timely and well-meant advice.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
Through this vague discomfort there presently pierced a positive apprehension of definite unpleasantness.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
And thinking of this his discomfort augmented.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
A north wind and a heavy rain added to the discomforts of the soldiers on May 13, 1915.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
Indigestion during the first year of life shows itself by languor, pallor, and evident discomfort.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
He bowed again in acquiescence, but with an air of discomfort.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
And now we made a discovery that was very discomforting.
"The Cryptogram" by William Murray Graydon
Ice formed upon the margin of the water, and several snow-storms impeded their march, adding greatly to their discomfort.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Phil's mother, to his unspeakable discomfort, had insisted now that he go call on Jim.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
In such a situation there might be discomfort, but no danger.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

Love, art thou discomforted
In thy narrow lot to lie?
See! divinely thou art fed
By the creatures of the sky!
"Comatas" by Annie Adams Fields
When I lie within my bed,
Sick in heart and sick in head,
And with doubts discomforted,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!
"Sweet Spirit, Comfort Me" by Robert Herrick
When I lie within my bed,
Sick in heart, and sick in head,
And with doubts discomforted,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!
"His Litany, To The Holy Spirit" by Robert Herrick
I could not see a single trace
Of servitude imposed by poverty.
Each new discomfort and each change
Was borne with lordly dignity.
"On Early Trains" by Boris Pasternak
Be courteous! is nothing helpful half so cheap
As kind urbanity that doth so much of gladness bring;
More precious too than all the treasures of the deep,
Making the winter of discomfort seem like joyous spring.
"Be Courteous" by Hattie Howard

In news:

While the man behind the moniker, Justin Vernon, expressed some discomfort at receiving the award, he also recognized that it's a huge honor.
With Kidd hurting, the Knicks told Kidd not to make the trip to Barclays Center and cause further discomfort during the ride.
To the rest of us, Blake Griffin clearly looked like a man trying to play through significant discomfort.
But it faces further discomfort before it can start to recover some of its past sheen.
Many women hear frightening stories about discomfort associated with mammograms .
Several studies suggest ways to deal with patients who have pain and discomfort even when a treatable disease cannot be found.
Menopause symptoms are common, but discomfort and disability are not inevitable.
When a test is really, really hard, students sometimes can't resist looking at the face of the class know-it-all for signs of dismay or discomfort.
The military's looking to change that, with the development of new technology to objectively diagnose discomfort.
During batting practice, Lance Berkman admitted that he still felt a little discomfort on his tender right oblique muscle.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is day-to-day with discomfort in his right foot.
Responding to the undercurrent of angst and fear, we feature different scenarios depicting discomfort and the desire to overcome it.
Is there a way to prevent or ease the discomfort of sinus congestion.
Do you experience discomfort when you, um, well, you know.
I remember a time when the only reaction the Ladies in White would get in their native Havana was discomfort and shame.
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In science:

To our great discomfort we discovered that even today we do not know when can we call a sequence of numbers random except when we know of its origin.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
In fact, at a crucial point in the paper , the authors had to use a linear programming software; to quote: ‘We then used the fourth authors software, called LOQO, to solve these discrete approximations and eventually were able to guess at the correct functional form for ρ.’ This was to the discomfort of Dr.
Symmetrization of Bernoulli
This strategy is very successful, even if one is left with the discomfort of having done ad hoc assumptions for the charges.
The problem of neutrino masses in extensions of the Standard Model
When viewed at night, for example, signals having very high intensity can result in discomfort or disability glare that impedes visibility.
Increasing Market Penetration of LED Traffic Signals in New York State: Review of Articles and Information on LED Traffic Signals
That model is capable of explaining such puzzles as Universe flatness or orbital velocities around galaxies as resulting entirely from geometry, thus avoiding the discomfort of postulating enormous amounts of dark matter.
An hypersphere model of the Universe - The dismissal of dark matter
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