dishearten


dis·heart·en

transitive verb \(ˌ)dis-ˈhär-tən\

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

Full Definition of DISHEARTEN

:  to cause to lose spirit or morale
dis·heart·en·ing·ly \-ˈhärt-niŋ-lē, -ˈhär-tən-iŋ-\ adverb
dis·heart·en·ment \-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>

First Known Use of DISHEARTEN

1590

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