I came across ‘discomfit’ repeatedly in a book I was reading recently and, although I know the word, it set me thinking. I would have used ‘discomfort’ in its place, so I decided to check what each actually means. It seems in certain contexts you could use either or, but these are the definitions taken from the Macquarie dictionary, so maybe decide for yourself. Discomfit: to defeat utterly, rout; to thwart, foil; to disconcert. Discomfort: to disturb the comfort or happiness of; make uncomfortable or uneasy.
What do you think? Are their meanings almost the same?