from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To make uneasy or perplexed; disconcert. synonym: embarrass.
  • transitive verb Archaic To defeat in battle; vanquish.
  • noun Archaic Discomfiture.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Rout; defeat; discomfiture.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb cause to lose one's composure


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

[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).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").


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