discomfit

  • 1 discomfit — discomfit, discomfort Discomfit in current English means ‘to thwart the plans of’ (its original meaning) or ‘to embarrass or disconcert’. In its weaker second meaning, in which it occurs most often in the form discomfited, it overlaps with the… …

    Modern English usage

  • 2 Discomfit — Dis*com fit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Discomfited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Discomfiting}.] [OF. desconfit, p. p. of desconfire, F. d[ e]confire; fr. L. dis + conficere to make ready, prepare, bring about. See {Comfit}, {Fact}.] 1. To scatter in fight; to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Discomfit — Dis*com fit, n. Rout; overthrow; discomfiture. [1913 Webster] Such a discomfit as shall quite despoil him. Milton. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Discomfit — Dis*com fit, a. Discomfited; overthrown. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 discomfit — index beat (defeat), discompose, disconcert, disturb, embarrass, overcome (overwhelm), overwhelm …

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  • 6 discomfit — c.1200, from O.Fr. desconfit vanquished, defeated, pp. of desconfire to defeat, destroy, from des not (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + confire make, prepare, accomplish, from L. conficere (see CONFECTION (Cf. confection)). Originally an adjective in… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 discomfit — disconcert, *embarrass, faze, abash, rattle Analogous words: *annoy, vex, irk, bother: perturb, *discompose, agitate, upset, disturb: check, *arrest, interrupt …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 discomfit — [v] defeat, frustrate; confuse abash, annoy, baffle, balk, beat, bother, checkmate, confound, demoralize, discompose, disconcert, discountenance, disturb, embarrass, faze, fluster, foil, irk, outwit, overcome, perplex, perturb, prevent, rattle,… …

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  • 9 discomfit — ► VERB (discomfited, discomfiting) ▪ make uneasy or embarrassed. DERIVATIVES discomfiture noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «defeat in battle»: from Old French desconfire, from Latin conficere put together …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 discomfit — [dis kum′fit] vt. [ME discomfiten < OFr desconfit, pp. of desconfire < VL * disconficere < L dis + conficere: see CONFECT] 1. Archaic to defeat; overthrow 2. to frustrate the plans or expectations of 3. to make uneasy; disconcert SYN.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 11 discomfit — UK [dɪsˈkʌmfɪt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms discomfit : present tense I/you/we/they discomfit he/she/it discomfits present participle discomfiting past tense discomfited past participle discomfited literary to make someone feel embarrassed …

    English dictionary

  • 12 discomfit — verb a) To defeat completely; to rout. And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. b) To defeat the plans or hopes of; to frustrate. In these disguises, Maitland argued, he would certainly avoid recognition, and so… …

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  • 13 discomfit — See discomfort, discomfit, discomfiture …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 14 discomfit — [14] The underlying etymological sense of discomfit is ‘destroy’. It comes from desconfit, the past participle of Old French desconfire ‘defeat’; this in turn was a descendant of Vulgar Latin *disconficere ‘destroy, undo’, a compound verb formed… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 15 discomfit —  , discomfort   In this she is greatly assisted by her husband... who enjoys spreading discomfiture in a good cause as much as she does (Observer). The writer here, like many before him, clearly meant discomfort, which has nothing in common with… …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 16 discomfit — [14] The underlying etymological sense of discomfit is ‘destroy’. It comes from desconfit, the past participle of Old French desconfire ‘defeat’; this in turn was a descendant of Vulgar Latin *disconficere ‘destroy, undo’, a compound verb formed… …

    Word origins

  • 17 discomfit — I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French descumfit, past participle of descumfire, from des dis + cumfire to prepare more at comfit Date: 13th century 1. a. archaic to defeat in battle b. to frustrate the plans of ; thwart …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 discomfit — discomfiter, n. /dis kum fit/, v.t. 1. to confuse and deject; disconcert: to be discomfited by a question. 2. to frustrate the plans of; thwart; foil. 3. Archaic. to defeat utterly; rout: The army was discomfited in every battle. n. 4. Archaic.… …

    Universalium

  • 19 discomfit — Synonyms and related words: abash, addle, addle the wits, annoy, appall, astound, baffle, balk, ball up, becloud, bedazzle, befuddle, bewilder, blast, bother, brave, bug, cast down, chagrin, challenge, check, checkmate, circumvent, cloud,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 discomfit — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. embarrass, disconcert; frustrate; confuse. See hindrance, success. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To defeat the plans of] Syn. thwart, frustrate, foil; see prevent . 2. [To confuse] Syn. disconcert,… …

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