Definitions

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

  • noun Mental or bodily distress.
  • noun Something that disturbs one's comfort; an annoyance.
  • transitive verb To make uncomfortable; distress.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To disturb the comfort or happiness of; make uncomfortable or uneasy; pain; grieve; sadden; deject.
  • noun Absence of comfort or pleasure; uneasiness; disturbance of peace; pain; grief; sorrow; disquietude.

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

  • transitive verb To discourage; to deject.
  • transitive verb To destroy or disturb the comfort of; to deprive of quiet enjoyment; to make uneasy; to pain.
  • noun obsolete Discouragement.
  • noun Want of comfort; uneasiness, mental or physical; disturbance of peace; inquietude; pain; distress; sorrow.

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

  • noun Mental or bodily distress.
  • noun Something that disturbs one’s comfort; an annoyance.
  • verb To cause annoyance or distress.

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

  • noun an uncomfortable feeling of mental painfulness or distress
  • noun the state of being tense and feeling pain

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French desconfort, from desconforter, to discourage : des-, dis- + conforter, to strengthen; see comfort.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman descomforter

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