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
The Warriors' defense was demoralizingForget the offensive firepower, of which Golden State possesses plenty.
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.
The once mighty—and mightily effective—KGB had to watch its best officers go off to work for private businessmen, leaving the state security services demoralized and increasingly corrupt.
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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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