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demoralize

demoralize

verb de·mor·al·ize \di-ˈmr-ə-ˌlīz, ˌdē-, -ˈmär-\

: to cause (someone) to lose hope, courage, or confidence : to weaken the morale of (a person or group)

Full Definition of DEMORALIZE

transitive verb
1
:  to corrupt the morals of
2
a :  to weaken the morale of :  discourage, dispirit
b :  to upset or destroy the normal functioning of
c :  to throw into disorder
de·mor·al·i·za·tion \di-ˌmr-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən, ˌdē-, -ˌmär-\ noun
de·mor·al·iz·er \di-ˈmr-ə-ˌlī-zər, ˌdē-, -ˈmär-\ noun
de·mor·al·iz·ing·ly \-ziŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of DEMORALIZE

  1. <the mere sight of the forbidding cliffs demoralized the climbers>
  2. <we refused to be demoralized by our humiliating defeat and vowed to come roaring back the following week>

First Known Use of DEMORALIZE

circa 1793

Rhymes with DEMORALIZE

accessorize, acclimatize, actualize, aerobicize, aestheticize, Africanize, allegorize, alphabetize, analogize, anatomize, anesthetize, animalize, annualize, antagonize, anthologize, anticlockwise, apologize, apostatize, apostrophize, arabicize, aromatize, automatize, bureaucratize, cannibalize, capitalize, categorize, catheterize, catholicize, characterize, collectivize, commercialize, commoditize, communalize, computerize, conservatize, containerize, contrariwise, conveyorize, cosmeticize, counterclockwise, criminalize, cross-fertilize, cut down to size, decentralize, decolonize, de-emphasize, de-energize, defeminize, deformalize, deglamorize, dehumanize, deionize, demagnetize, demobilize, democratize, denationalize, deodorize, depersonalize, depolarize, depressurize, desensitize, destabilize, destigmatize, detribalize, devitalize, diabolize, digitalize, disenfranchise, disorganize, economize, emblematize, emotionalize, epitomize, epoxidize, eroticize, eternalize, evangelize, extemporize, externalize, familiarize, fanaticize, fictionalize, floor exercise, fool's paradise, formularize, free enterprise, gelatinize, generalize, geologize, Hispanicize, historicize, homogenize, hospitalize, hypothesize, idealize, illegalize, immobilize, immortalize, impersonalize, Indianize, indigenize, infantilize, initialize, internalize, italicize, legitimize, liberalize, literalize, lobotomize, lysogenize, macadamize, marginalize, metabolize, metastasize, militarize, mineralize, monopolize, mythologize, nationalize, naturalize, parenthesize, philosophize, poeticize, politicize, popularize, prioritize, proselytize, radicalize, reorganize, revitalize, ritualize, romanticize, secularize, self-fertilize, sensualize, sexualize, sovietize, subjectivize, suburbanize, subvocalize, systematize, temporalize, theologize, traditionalize, trivialize, ventriloquize, visualize

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