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She was discomfited by such a rude question.
  cause someone to lose composure or be embarrassed
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This word is more frequently seen in the form discomfited (having lost composure), but is more often seen on SAT-review word lists in the form, discomfit.
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  • She was discomfited by such a rude question.
  • The Senator discomfits the more extreme members of her party.
  • Mr. Dorrit, discomfited by finding that he was the questioned instead of the questioner, applied himself to the reversal of that unexpected order of things.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • A big burst of laughter at Daisy’s discomfiture.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God

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  • ...looking faintly embarrassed by his own discomfiture, [Alec] added quickly, "It’s just—she won’t even come out of her room for her own family."
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Gabby smiled at his obvious discomfiture.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • She smiled and gave me a slow, lecherous looking over, laughing at my discomfiture.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • And yet there is a discomfiting aspect to all this rapport.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Greatly discomfited, the Helper turned to his partner, a wisp of a woman who seemed to be trying to hide behind her hair.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Feeling discomfited in a way he could not remember having felt before, Bod made his way back to the Owenses’ tomb, and was pleased to see both of his parents waiting for him beside it.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book

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  • I cannot blame Jack Brown, whom I like so much, either for my discomfiture or for his own misconception.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Surprise mixed with discomfiture.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • I mean," I said nervously, discomfited by Platt’s stare, "I really don’t keep in touch with the crowd from school very much…."
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • GILES : It discomfits me!
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Betrayed the right amount of feeling-indignation, disgust-but no guilt, no discomfiture?
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • I was neither disgusted nor flattered by the discovery I had made, Mr. Markos, but I was discomfited.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Mr. Wopsle, with a majestic remembrance of old discomfiture, assented; but not warmly.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • I do not doubt that news of the discomfiture of the Riders has already reached him, and he will be filled with wrath.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • When he reported me the company commander laughed at him and told him he ought to keep his eyes open; he understood Himmelstoss, and apparently was not displeased at his discomfiture.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • "It is all the same," said the spy, airily, but discomfited too: "good day!"
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Ethan smiled at the discomfiture he had caused.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • Her eyes gleamed as she took in Clary’s discomfiture.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Poor Danglars looked so crest-fallen and discomfited that Monte Cristo assumed a pitying air towards him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He pictured the ground before it as strewn with the discomfited.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Other peasants, having heard of their comrades’ discomfiture, came to town bringing rye, oats, and hay, and beat down one another’s prices to below what they had been in former days.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The implacable faces of his employer and of the Madam stared upon his discomfiture.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • In a discomfiture of this sort, Artonge exclaims, "It was not a stag, but a sorcerer."
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He’d never seen the Crow Goddess like this before, and he took pleasure in her discomfiture.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • Scarlett wanted to giggle at her discomfiture, for Rhett had caught her fairly.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • When, discomfited, he came and asked once more for the friendship which, in his prosperity, he had not thought it worth his while to preserve.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • ’Heathcliff, you may come forward,’ cried Mr. Hindley, enjoying his discomfiture, and gratified to see what a forbidding young blackguard he would be compelled to present himself.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • ’er — now, Harry?’ said Nick, looking discomfited.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • It was Traddles; whom Mr. Mell instantly discomfited by bidding him hold his tongue.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • So terrible was his appearance that Spitz was forced to forego disciplining him; but to cover his own discomfiture he turned upon the inoffensive and wailing Billee and drove him to the confines of the camp.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Guillaume Rym was the only one who noticed his eminence’s discomfiture.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • How a senator told to Lucius of their discomfiture, and also of the great battle between Arthur and Lucius.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • "Ha," he said to the Duke of Cambenet, "we must be discomfited."
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • What recklessness in Herakles, champion though he was at labors, to shrug at impious acts and bend his bow for the discomfiture of Olympians!
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Needless to say the cries of discomfited Master Tommy drew the attention of the girl friends.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Bellatrix said nothing, but looked, for the first time, a little discomfited.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Chance is discomfited.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • I only know there is a pervasive weight of gentleness, even from Stephen, that is strange and discomfiting.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Two notable exceptions were Bewt, who was openly smiling at the banker’s discomfiture, and the smuggler, Tuek, who appeared to be watching Kynes for a cue.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • He turned and took a last look at the lonely bit of coast, where stood the wooden hut, now bathed in moonlight, the scene of the greatest discomfiture ever experienced by a leading member of the Committee of Public Safety.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • This detection gave many of our party disgust, who accordingly abandoned his cause, and occasion’d our more speedy discomfiture in the synod.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • He was laying up trouble for himself, for lack of food and short tempers went together; but with the boundless faith of youth he persisted in repeating the manoeuvre every little while, though it never succeeded in gaining anything for him but discomfiture.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Mr. Gradgrind was extremely discomfited by this unexpected question.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • "How could you think she was defending them?" said Miss Bartlett, much discomfited by the unpleasant scene.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • He was clearly discomfited by my behavior.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • Just then she was both, for it was perfectly evident from the knowing glances exchanged among the gentlemen that her little fiction of ’my friend’ was considered a good joke, and a laugh, produced by some inaudible remark of the editor, as he closed the door, completed her discomfiture.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
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