American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make uneasy or perplexed; disconcert. See Synonyms at embarrass.
- v. To thwart the plans of; frustrate.
- v. Archaic To defeat in battle; vanquish.
- n. Discomfiture.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To foil or thwart in battle; overcome completely in fighting; defeat; rout.
- To disconcert; foil; frustrate the plans of; throw into perplexity and dejection.
- Synonyms Overpower, Rout, etc. See defeat.
- n. Rout; defeat; discomfiture.
- v. archaic To defeat completely; to rout.
- v. To defeat the plans or hopes of; to frustrate.
- v. proscribed To embarrass greatly; to confuse; to perplex; to disconcert.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To scatter in fight; to put to rout; to defeat.
- v. To break up and frustrate the plans of; to balk� to throw into perplexity and dejection; to disconcert.
- adj. obsolete Discomfited; overthrown.
- n. Rout; overthrow; discomfiture.
- v. cause to lose one's composure
- From Old French desconfit, past participle of desconfire ("to undo, to destroy"), from des- ("completely"), from Latin dis- + confire ("to make"), from Latin conficio ("to finish up, to destroy"), from com- ("with, together") + facio ("to do, to make"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English discomfiten, from Old French desconfit, past participle of desconfire, descumfire, to defeat : des-, dis- + confire, to make (from Latin cōnficere, to prepare; see comfit). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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