discomfit - verb
Discomfit, to confuse, disconcert; to thwart, to frustrate the plans of, to foil.
Whether the issue is birth control or global warming or clean air, this administration has already acquired a special place in regulatory history for the audacity with which it has manipulated or muzzled science (and in some cases individual scientists) that might discomfit its industrial allies or interfere with its political agenda.
—Editorial “Muzzling Those Pesky Scientists” New York Times, December 11, 2006
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