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dishearten

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verb dis·heart·en \(ˌ)dis-ˈhär-tən\

Simple Definition of dishearten

  • : to cause (a person or group of people) to lose hope, enthusiasm, or courage : to discourage (someone)

Full Definition of dishearten

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cause to lose spirit or morale

dis·heart·en·ing·ly play \-ˈhärt-niŋ-lē, -ˈhär-tən-iŋ-\ adverb
dis·heart·en·ment play \-ˈhär-tən-mənt\ noun

Examples of dishearten

  1. The conflict between their families disheartened them.

  2. <we were disheartened by the news that our grandmother was seriously ill>



1590

First Known Use of dishearten

1590



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