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discomfit (verb) (usually used in the passive) defeat; embarrass.

When you are defeated utterly you are discomfited. An army is discomfited when it is defeated, in a shameful manner totally, and that too, by not so strong an enemy. A person's action that causes you embarrassment discomfits you. For example, when someone addresses you by your first name without having enough intimacy for them to do so, you are discomfited; that is, you are embarrassed. When on arriving at a party, you don't find the host or none else that you know, you are discomfited; that is, you are confused and embarrassed.

  • The ruling party was discomfited in the debate on foreign relations policy as the strong opposition arguments exposed the mistakes of the government in the area.
  • At the party Ann had been mistaken for someone else, and given all respect which she had not expected and which embarrassed her. On knowing her real identity later, the hosts apologized to her, but she continued to feel discomfited.
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