demoralize

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verb de·mor·al·ize \di-ˈmȯr-ə-ˌlīz, ˌdē-, -ˈmär-\

Definition of demoralize

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to corrupt the morals of

  3. 2 a :  to weaken the morale of :  discourage, dispirit b :  to upset or destroy the normal functioning of 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>

Circa 1793

First Known Use of demoralize

circa 1793


DEMORALIZE Defined for English Language Learners

demoralize

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verb de·mor·al·ize \di-ˈmȯr-ə-ˌlīz, ˌdē-, -ˈmär-\

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

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verb de·mor·al·ize \di-ˈmȯr-ə-ˌlīz\

Definition of demoralize for Students

demoralized

demoralizing

  1. :  to weaken the spirit or confidence of <Yet another defeat demoralized the team.>



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