2. "No! Linus sounds really shocked. Shocked, embarrassed, discomfited. Kind of mortified. Like he can’t believe I would say that. (I’m getting all this from one syllable, you understand.)"
- Sophie Kinsella, Finding Audrey
3. "Myron? He turned back to Clip. The old man was standing now. His eyes looked moist. Have a good game tonight, he said softly. It’s only a game, after all. Remember that. Myron nodded, discomfited yet again by Clip’s demeanor. He jogged ahead and caught up with Win."
- Harlan Coben, Fade Away
4. "You looked like you wanted to jump his bones right there!" "Jump his bones?" Sadie frowns. "What do you mean?" ..."It's like a pajama party. Except you take off your pajamas." "Oh that." Her face clicks with recognition. You call it 'jumping his bones'?" "Sometimes." I shrug. "What an odd phrase. We used to call it sex." "Oh." I say, discomfited. "Well we do too-" "Or barney-mugging," she adds."
- Sophie Kinsella, Twenties Girl
5. "He was discomfited to see how easily men (and women as well) stepped from the train to station platform, from platform to train – with ease, with levity, laughing and talking and greeting each other as though oblivious to the abrupt geographical shifts they were making, and disrespectful of the distance and differences they entered. Many were hatless, their clothes brightly colored. The cases they carried appeared, from the way they handled them, to be feather-light."
- Carol Shields, The Stone Diaries
6. "Aurelia was still on the stoop. The moon was higher and the ivy shadows were deeper. I sat at her side and we watched a little cloud tilt at the drifting moon and go asunder quite pale and discomfited. And then, wonder of wonders and delight of delights! Our hands somehow touched, and our fingers closed together and did not part. After half an hour Aurelia said, with that smile of hers: "Do you know, you haven't spoken a word since you came back!" "That," said I, nodding wisely, "is the Voice of the City."
- Quote by O. Henry
7. "Jos growled from under the counterpane to know what the time was; but when he at last extorted from the blushing Major (who never told fibs, however they might be to his advantage) what was the real hour of the morning, he broke out into a volley of bad language, which we will not repeat here, but by which he gave Dobbin to understand that he would jeopardy his soul if he got up at that moment, that the Major might go and be hanged, that he would not travel with Dobbin, and that it was most unkind and ungentlemanlike to disturb a man out of his sleep in that way; on which the discomfited Major was obliged to retreat, leaving Jos to resume his interrupted slumbers."
- William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair
8. "Bernard's other victim-friend was Helmholtz. When, discomfited, he came and asked once more for the friendship to preserve, Helmholtz gave it; and give it without a reproach, without a comment, as though he had forgotten that there had been a quarrel. Touched, Bernard felt himself at the same time humiliated by this magnanimity - a magnanimity the more extraordinary and therefore the more humiliating in that it owed nothing to soma and everything to Helmholtz's character. It was the Helmholtz of daily life who forgot and forgave, not the Helmholtz of a half-gramme holiday. Bernard was duly grateful (it was an enormous comfort to have his friend again) and also duly resentful (it would be a pleasure to take some revenge on Helmholtz for his generosity)."
- Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
9. "laugh a minute very funny: it's a laugh a minute when Lois gets together with her dad. □ laugh out of the other side of one's mouth be discomfited after feeling satisfaction or confidence about something: you'd be laughing out the other side of your mouth if we were sitting in jail right now. □ laugh someone/something out of court dismiss with contempt as being obviously ridiculous. □ laugh oneself silly (or sick) laugh uncontrollably or for a long time. □ laugh something to scorn DATED ridicule something. □ laugh up one's sleeve be secretly or inwardly amused. □ no laughing matter something serious that should not be joked about: heavy snoring is no laughing matter. □ play something for laughs (of a performer) try to arouse laughter in an"
- Erin McKean, The New Oxford American Dictionary
10. "You’re beautiful, Evie, came his soft comment. Having been raised by relations who had always lamented the garish color of her hair and the proliferation of freckles, Evie gave him a skeptical smile. Aunt Florence has always given me a bleaching lotion to make my freckles vanish. But there’s no getting rid of them. Sebastian smiled lazily as he came to her. Taking her shoulders in his hands, he slid an appraising glance along her half-clad body. Don’t remove a single freckle, sweet. I found some in the most enchanting places. I already have my favorites… shall I tell you where they are? Disarmed and discomfited, Evie shook her head and made a movement to twist away from him. He wouldn’t let her, however. Pulling her closer, he bent his golden head and kissed the side of her neck. Little spoilsport, he whispered, smiling. I’m going to tell you anyway. His fingers closed around a handful of the chemise and eased the hem slowly upward. Her breath caught as she felt his fingers nuzzling"
- Lisa Kleypas, Devil in Winter