discomfort

Discomfort is the feeling of irritation, soreness, or pain that, though not severe, is annoying. Every year, people who get a cold or the flu experience a few days of discomfort.

The noun discomfort is good for describing situations when you aren't quite in pain, but you don't feel very good. Things that cause discomfort include a dull toothache, a blister on your foot, and a terrible mattress. Discomfort can also describe embarrassment, like the discomfort you'd feel if you suddenly realized you were in the wrong classroom.

Definitions of discomfort
  1. noun
    the state of being tense and feeling pain
    synonyms: uncomfortableness
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    Antonyms:
    comfort, comfortableness
    a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain
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    incommodiousness, inconvenience
    an inconvenient discomfort
    malaise, unease, uneasiness
    physical discomfort (as mild sickness or depression)
    hangover, katzenjammer
    disagreeable aftereffects from the use of drugs (especially alcohol)
    wretchedness
    the character of being uncomfortable and unpleasant
    type of:
    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
  2. noun
    an uncomfortable feeling of mental painfulness or distress
    synonyms: irritation, soreness
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    type of:
    hurt, suffering
    feelings of mental or physical pain
Commonly confused words

discomfit / discomfort

To discomfit is to embarrass someone. Say it with a Southern accent while sipping sweet tea. Discomfort is a noun meaning uncomfortable, like the feeling you get when you realize you put salt instead of sugar in Mama’s tea.

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