- IPA: /dɪsˈkʌmfɪt/
discomfit (discomfits, present participle discomfiting; past and past participle discomfited) (transitive)
- (archaic) To defeat completely; to rout.
- Synonyms: overthrow, vanquish
- 1611, Bible: King James Version, Book of Exodus 17:13,
- And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
- And his proud foes discomfit in victorious field.
- (rare) To defeat the plans or hopes of; to frustrate.
- Synonyms: foil, thwart
- 1886, Andrew Lang The Mark Of Cain, chapter 10,
- In these disguises, Maitland argued, he would certainly avoid recognition, and so discomfit any mischief planned by the enemies of Margaret.
- To embarrass greatly; to confuse; to perplex; to disconcert.
- Synonyms: abash, disconcert, Thesaurus:abash
- Don't worry. Your joke did not really discomfit me.
- 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 24:
- The Captain, with a half-guilty secret to confess, and with the prospect of a painful and stormy interview before him, entered Mr. Osborne's offices with a most dismal countenance and abashed gait, and, passing through the outer room where Mr. Chopper presided, was greeted by that functionary from his desk with a waggish air which farther discomfited him.
- French: déconfire