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Definition cause someone to lose composure or be embarrassed

More rarely, discomfit can mean to upset one's plans. Historically, it was also used to mean defeat or conquer.
  • 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
  • ...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
  • discomfiture = loss of composure
  • A big burst of laughter at Daisy's discomfiture.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • discomfiture = embarrassment or loss of composure
  • Surprise mixed with discomfiture.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • But, though discomfited and disappointed, he could still do something for his own interest and his own enjoyment.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • 'er — now, Harry?' said Nick, looking discomfited.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • That happy face—Henchard's complete discomfiture lay in it.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • But now they flowed with an abundance in which the Countess Gemini found only another discomfiture.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • She knew such garb would discomfit her father when he came to chastise her for making off with Myrcella.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • But now they flowed with an abundance in which the Countess Gemini found only another discomfiture.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • I cannot blame Jack Brown, whom I like so much, either for my discomfiture or for his own misconception.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • I only know there is a pervasive weight of gentleness, even from Stephen, that is strange and discomfiting.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • He'd never seen the Crow Goddess like this before, and he took pleasure in her discomfiture.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • The bystanders approved the shrewdness of their chief; yet Gesius did not seem discomfited.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • After Mrs. Wharton has thoroughly taken Ann to task for Charlotte's tantrum—in full view of the discomfited guests—she orders Ann back to her duties.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • A little ahead of the other men was a man who was neither grave nor discomfited.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • 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, 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

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