from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Frustration or disappointment.
- n. Lack of ease; perplexity and embarrassment.
- n. Archaic Defeat.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A feeling of frustration, disappointment, perplexity or embarrassment.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of discomfiting, or the state of being discomfited; rout; overthrow; defeat; frustration; confusion and dejection.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Rout; defeat in battle; overthrow.
- n. Defeat; frustration; disappointment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. anxious embarrassment
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I'm trying not to enjoy it, but the National Post's discomfiture is something to behold.
Sir, if this be a sample of that discomfiture with which the honorable gentleman threatened me, commend me to the word discomfiture for the rest of my life.
The devil, realising that he had been fooled, disappeared in an awe-inspiring cloud of smoke and sulphur fumes; but the bridge remained, and its name to this day recalls the discomfiture of his evil plans.
The frank smile that told of his lordship's enjoyment of her discomfiture was the last straw.
Whenever the hoax was spoken of, Judge Harvey writhed with personal humiliation, and with anger against the person who had recalled his discomfiture, and with a desire for vengeance against the perpetrator of the swindle.
I recall the discomfiture of a certain well-known philanthropist, since deceased, whose heart beat responsive to other suffering than that of human kind.
His discomfiture was the more complete since he felt that his defeat was owing to some mistake in his methods, and not the incorrigibility of his subject.
In a few minutes the flagstaff was well washed, and the derveesh too, and put to flight in discomfiture.
Koreish, compelled the Abyssinians to a disgraceful retreat: their discomfiture has been adorned with a miraculous flight of birds, who showered down stones on the heads of the infidels; and the deliverance was long commemorated by the aera of the elephant.
a modest expression of "discomfiture" on reading of American authors