Definition of demoralize
1 : to cause to turn aside or away from what is good or true or morally right : to corrupt the morals of
2a : to weaken the morale of : discourage, dispirit were demoralized by the lossb : to upset or destroy the normal functioning of foreclosures were further demoralizing an already desperate real-estate market — F. D. Rooseveltc : to throw into disorder
demoralizationplay \di-ˌmȯr-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən, ˌdē-, -ˌmär-\ noun
demoralizerplay \di-ˈmȯr-ə-ˌlī-zər, ˌdē-, -ˈmär-\ noun
demoralizinglyplay \-ziŋ-lē\ adverb
Examples of demoralize in a Sentence
the mere sight of the forbidding cliffs demoralized the climbers
we refused to be demoralized by our humiliating defeat and vowed to come roaring back the following week
Recent Examples of demoralize from the Web
After 22 months of federal subpoenas and news stories about Williams’ legal woes, many on the District Attorney’s staff are scandal-weary, demoralized, and leery about a potential new boss who has never worked as a prosecutor.
They are demoralized and anxious, afraid of becoming the villain in a cellphone video that spreads across the globe — creating a situation some say could result in safety lapses on planes.
Jeff Sessions, Trump’s attorney general, attacked the Obama-era Department of Justice for supposedly handcuffing police and demoralizing them.
Such a vicious cycle, retrenchment ensuring inaction, could only further demoralize grass-roots Republicans, deteriorating the party’s standing even more.
Not even Irving's offensive outburst could demoralize them.
The employees of the National Weather Service are demoralized, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office.
Stephen Curry, who scored 28 points, demoralized the Cavaliers early in the third quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers to push the Warriors’ lead to 20.
According to several studies in recent years, the American teenager increasingly doesn't want your stupid, low-paying, demoralizing summer job, but thanks.
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First Known Use of demoralize
DEMORALIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of demoralize for English Language Learners
: to cause (someone) to lose hope, courage, or confidence : to weaken the morale of (a person or group)
DEMORALIZE Defined for Kids
Definition of demoralize for Students
: to weaken the spirit or confidence of Yet another defeat demoralized the team.
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