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I really dislike the word “discomfiting.” Here is a usage in a recent book review:

…in order to “restore” Cleopatra — to see her at all — one must strip away an “encrusted myth” created by those for whom “citing her sexual prowess was evidently less discomfiting than acknowledging her intellectual gifts.”

This is definition of the word:

r.v. dis·com·fit·eddis·com·fit·ingdis·com·fits

1. To make uneasy or perplexed; disconcert. See Synonyms at embarrass.
2. To thwart the plans of; frustrate.
3. Archaic To defeat in battle; vanquish.

First of all, when you look at this or other definitions of the word, one wonders whether the word is being used properly. Second of all, its usage is usually when you might expect to see the word “discomfort” instead of “discomfit.”

Comfort, not comfit.


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