demoralize

verb de·mor·al·ize \ di-ˈmȯr-ə-ˌlīz , ˌdē- , -ˈmär- \
|Updated on: 20 Jun 2018

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
2 a : to weaken the morale of : discourage, dispirit
  • were demoralized by the loss
b : to upset or destroy the normal functioning of
  • foreclosures were further demoralizing an already desperate real-estate market
  • —F. D. Roosevelt
c : to throw into disorder

demoralization

play \di-ˌmȯr-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən, ˌdē-, -ˌmär-\ noun

demoralizer

play \di-ˈmȯr-ə-ˌlī-zər, ˌdē-, -ˈmär-\ noun

demoralizingly

play \-ziŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of demoralize in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of demoralize

circa 1793

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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DEMORALIZE Defined for English Language Learners

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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

demoralize

verb de·mor·al·ize \ di-ˈmȯr-ə-ˌlīz \

Definition of demoralize for Students

demoralized; demoralizing
: to weaken the spirit or confidence of Yet another defeat demoralized the team.


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