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

  • n. Mental or bodily distress.
  • n. Something that disturbs one's comfort; an annoyance.
  • transitive v. To make uncomfortable; distress. See Usage Note at discomfit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The 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.

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

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


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)
From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman descomforter (Wiktionary)



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