[Namron] Something we shouldn't share with each other

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>    discomfit \dis-KUHM-fit; dis-kuhm-FIT\, transitive verb:
>    1.  To  make  uneasy  or  perplexed, or to put into a state of
>    embarrassment; to disconcert; to upset.
>    2. To thwart; to frustrate the plans of.
>    3. (Archaic). To defeat in battle.
>      A  few of Dr. Baden's anecdotes ramble pointlessly, and his
>      gusto  in  describing  the  anatomical  characteristics  of
>      exhumed bodies may discomfit the squeamish.
>      --Teresa  Carpenter,  "Death Is Just the Beginning," [1]New
>      York Times, June 25, 1989
>      But  the  business  of paradox is to discomfit the mind and
>      force truths into connections that cannot be thought.
>      --Lore  Segal,  "A  Passion  for  Polishness,"  [2]New York
>      Times, February 18, 1990
>      "Starr  Bright"  was used to the attention of strangers and
>      would have been discomfited if no one noticed her, so leggy
>      and glamorous.
>      --Joyce Carol Oates, [3]Starr Bright Will Be With You Soon
>      Why  were  the  men  so  discomfited,  and  why, in a group
>      renowned  for its openness, was there so much difficulty in
>      speaking frankly?
>      --Hermione Lee, [4]Virginia Woolf
>      _________________________________________________________
>    Discomfit  comes from Old French desconfit, past participle of
>    desconfire,  from  Latin  dis- + conficere, "to make ready, to
>    prepare, to bring about," from com- + facere, "to make."
>    Trivia:  Comfit  (pronounced \KUHM-fit or KOM-fit\) is not the
>    opposite  of  discomfit, but rather a candy containing a fruit
>    or nut.

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