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Mar 27, 2012
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Verbs

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subsume
discomfit
begrudge
avulse
machinate

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discomfit

PRONUNCIATION:
(dis-KUHM-fit)

MEANING:
verb tr.:
1. To confuse or embarrass.
2. To thwart the plans of.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French desconfit (defeated), past participle of desconfire (to defeat), from des- (not) + confire (to make), from Latin facere (to make). Earliest documented use: around 1230.

USAGE:
"Berlusconi accuses politically motivated prosecutors of leaking details of investigations to discomfit him."
Unbalanced Scales; The Economist (London, UK); Oct 8, 2011.

See more usage examples of discomfit in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering. -George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel laureate (1856-1950)

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