Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make uneasy or perplexed; disconcert. See Synonyms at embarrass.
  • transitive v. To thwart the plans of; frustrate.
  • transitive v. Archaic To defeat in battle; vanquish.
  • n. Discomfiture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To defeat completely; to rout.
  • v. To defeat the plans or hopes of; to frustrate.
  • v. To embarrass greatly; to confuse; to perplex; to disconcert.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Discomfited; overthrown.
  • n. Rout; overthrow; discomfiture.
  • transitive v. To scatter in fight; to put to rout; to defeat.
  • transitive v. To break up and frustrate the plans of; to balk� to throw into perplexity and dejection; to disconcert.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to lose one's composure

Etymologies

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)
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)

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  • Perhaps she scratched too hard.

    September 30, 2008

  • Wow. That's discomfited, all right.

    September 30, 2008

  • "A budding British cook died last week after eating his own spicy tomato sauce, the London Times reports. Andrew Lee, 33, challenged his girlfriend’s brother to a contest, arriving with a jar of the sauce, made with chilies his father had grown. After eating it, he felt itchy and discomfited, and fell asleep while his girlfriend scratched his back. The next morning he was dead."
    - 'UK Cook Eats Own Hot Sauce, Dies', newser.com, 29 Sep 2008.

    September 30, 2008