• IPA: /dɪsˈkʌmfɪt/

discomfit (discomfits, present participle discomfiting; past and past participle discomfited) (transitive)

  1. (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.
  2. (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.
  3. 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.
Translations Adjective


  1. (obsolete) Discomfited; overthrown.

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