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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Frenchconfit ‎(preserved fruit), from Latin confectum ‎(cōnfectum).[1]


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comfit ‎(plural comfits)

  1. A confection consisting of a nut, seed or fruit coated with sugar.
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comfit ‎(third-person singular simple present comfits, present participle comfiting, simple past and past participle comfited)

  1. (transitive) To preserve dry with sugar.
    • 17th c, Abraham Cowley, The First Nemeæan Ode of Pindar: The Muse, 1795, Robert Anderson (editor), The Works of the British Poets, Volume 5, page 302,
      The fruit which does ſo quickly waſte, // Men ſcarce can ſee it, much leſs taſte, // Thou comfiteſt in ſweets to make it laſt.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Etymology 2[edit]

Acronym, from Computer Facial Identification Techniques.


comfit ‎(plural comfits)

  1. (Australia) A computerised image of a suspect produced for the police force.


  1. ^ "comfit", entry in Online Etymology Dictionary.