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  • To defeat completely; to rout.
  • To defeat the plans or hopes of; to frustrate.
         The enemy was discomfited by our sudden attack from ambush. Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. -- Exodus, 17:13
  • To embarrass greatly; to confuse.
  • overthrow (1)
  • vanquish (1)
  • foil (2)
  • abash (3)
  • disconcert (3)
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



Dis*com"fit (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Discomfited; p. pr. & vb. n. Discomfiting.] [OF. desconfit, p. p. of desconfire, F. déconfire; fr. L. dis- + conficere to make ready, prepare, bring about. See Comfit, Fact.] 1. To scatter in fight; to put to rout; to defeat.

And his proud foes discomfit in victorious field.
Spenser.

2. To break up and frustrate the plans of; to balk&?; to throw into perplexity and dejection; to disconcert.

Well, go with me and be not so discomfited.
Shak.

Syn. -- To defeat; overthrow; overpower; vanquish; conquer; baffle; frustrate; confound; discourage.

Dis*com"fit, a. Discomfited; overthrown. [Obs.]

Dis*com"fit, n. Rout; overthrow; discomfiture.

Such a discomfit as shall quite despoil him.
Milton.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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