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Definition of discomfort noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] a feeling of slight pain or of being physically uncomfortable You will experience some minor discomfort during the treatment. abdominal discomfort
  2. 2[uncountable] a feeling of worry or embarrassment synonym unease John's presence caused her considerable discomfort. I could sense their discomfort at what I was saying.
  3. 3[countable] (formal) something that makes you feel uncomfortable or causes you a slight feeling of pain the dangers and discomforts of a life at sea
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