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

  • noun Frustration or disappointment.
  • noun Lack of ease; perplexity and embarrassment.
  • noun Defeat.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Rout; defeat in battle; overthrow.
  • noun Defeat; frustration; disappointment.

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

  • noun The act of discomfiting, or the state of being discomfited; rout; overthrow; defeat; frustration; confusion and dejection.

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

  • noun A feeling of frustration, disappointment, perplexity or embarrassment.

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

  • noun anxious embarrassment


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  • discomfit used to used as "to be defeated"

    c.1225, from O.Fr. desconfit, pp. of desconfire "to defeat, destroy," from des- "not" + confire "make, prepare, accomplish." Weaker sense of "disconcert" is first recorded 1530 in Eng., probably by confusion with discomfort (q.v.).

    March 29, 2008