Wednesday Word for October 14, 2020

Today’s word comes from First Reader.

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Today’s Word

Part of Speech




This word was first used in the 14th century, as meaning to find discomfiting. From the Middle English, from Anglo-French descumfit, past participle of descumfire, from des- or dis- and cumfire to prepare.


abashment, embarrassment, fluster


aplomb, composure, poise

Usage and Examples

Here are a couple of examples:

  • Jack enjoyed their discomfiture, and was secure in his safety.
  • Leo laughed at his discomfiture even as Brenden hung his head in shame.

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