American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Mental or bodily distress.
- n. Something that disturbs one's comfort; an annoyance.
- v. To make uncomfortable; distress. See Usage Note at discomfit.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To disturb the comfort or happiness of; make uncomfortable or uneasy; pain; grieve; sadden; deject.
- n. Absence of comfort or pleasure; uneasiness; disturbance of peace; pain; grief; sorrow; disquietude.
- n. Mental or bodily distress.
- n. Something that disturbs one’s comfort; an annoyance.
- v. To cause annoyance or distress.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To discourage; to deject.
- v. To destroy or disturb the comfort of; to deprive of quiet enjoyment; to make uneasy; to pain.
- n. obsolete Discouragement.
- n. Want of comfort; uneasiness, mental or physical; disturbance of peace; inquietude; pain; distress; sorrow.
- n. an uncomfortable feeling of mental painfulness or distress
- n. the state of being tense and feeling pain
- From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman descomforter (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French desconfort, from desconforter, to discourage : des-, dis- + conforter, to strengthen; see comfort. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Men are better at long-term discomfort and degradation, things like prison and jobs, than we are at extreme, shorter-term bouts of excruciating pain, things like swimming the 'fly for 28 miles, squeezing kids' heads through birth canals, and hangnails.”
“Some products aim to help with the short-term discomfort of CVS, but none have been tested in large rigorous trials.”
“But they really do work and 5 minutes of discomfort is better than limping around for 3 days or being so sore that you wake yourself up when you roll over in your sleep”
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