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A.Word.A.Day--discommode

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This week's theme: red-herring words.

discommode (dis-kuh-MOD) verb tr.

To put to inconvenience.

[From French discommoder, from dis- + commode (convenient). Ultimately from Indo-European root med- (to take appropriate measures) that is also the source of medicine, modern, modify, modest, and modulate.]

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

"Much art today has abandoned the ambition to please the viewer aesthetically. Instead, it seeks to shock, discommode, repulse, proselytize, or startle."
Roger Kimball; Art Without Beauty; The Public Interest (Washington, DC); Apr 15, 1997.

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