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  • IPA(key): /dɪsˈkʌmfɪtɪŋ/
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  1. present participle of discomfit


discomfiting (comparative more discomfiting, superlative most discomfiting)

  1. Tending to discomfit.
    Synonyms: disconcerting, discomforting
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, The Haunted House
      Streaker, the housemaid, too, had an attribute of a most discomfiting nature. I am unable to say whether she was of an usually lymphatic temperament, or what else was the matter with her, but this young woman became a mere Distillery for the production of the largest and most transparent tears I ever met with.
    • 2018 December 12, Charles Bramesco, “A spoonful of nostalgia helps the calculated Mary Poppins Returns go down”, in AV Club[1]:
      Like the technically astounding and spiritually hollow production numbers, however, Blunt can’t situate the sentimental energy in a deeper foundation. Her excellence gets left in a sort of vacuum when paired with the fully extraneous train wreck of a visit with Meryl Streep as kooky Poppins cousin Topsy or some discomfiting soft shoe from a creaky Dick Van Dyke.
    • 2019 January 8, Kate Carraway, “How to Make a Millennial Feel Cozy in Just One Beverage”, in New York Times[2]:
      One post features a productless shot, a 1970s-Hockney-gone-surrealist composition involving a half-dog, half-cat collaged onto shadowy pinks and babied blues, as discomfiting and mesmerizing as anything else on Weird Instagram right now.