Discomfiture Dis*com"fi*ture (?; 135), n. [OF. desconfiture, F. d['e]confiture. See {Discomfort}, v. t., and cf. {Comfiture}.] The act of discomfiting, or the state of being discomfited; rout; overthrow; defeat; frustration; confusion and dejection. [1913 Webster]

Every man's sword was against his fellow, and there was a very great discomfiture. --1 Sam. xiv. 20. [1913 Webster]

A hope destined to end . . . in discomfiture and disgrace. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

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