discomfit c.1200, from O.Fr. desconfit "vanquished, defeated," pp. of desconfire "to defeat, destroy," from des- "not" (see DIS- (Cf. dis-)) + confire "make, prepare, accomplish," from L. conficere (see CONFECTION (Cf. confection)). Originally an adjective in English; taken as a verb from c.1300. Weaker sense of "disconcert" is first recorded 1520s in English, probably by confusion with DISCOMFORT (Cf. discomfort). Related: Discomfited; discomfiting.

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