de·​mor·​al·​ize | \ di-ˈmȯr-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce demoralize (audio) , ˌdē-, -ˈmär- \
demoralized; demoralizing; demoralizes

Definition of demoralize

transitive verb

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 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

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Other Words from demoralize

demoralization \ di-​ˌmȯr-​ə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce demoralization (audio) , ˌdē-​ , -​ˌmär-​ \ noun
demoralizer \ di-​ˈmȯr-​ə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce demoralizer (audio) , ˌdē-​ , -​ˈmär-​ \ noun
demoralizingly \ di-​ˈmȯr-​ə-​ˌlī-​ziŋ-​lē How to pronounce demoralizingly (audio) , ˌdē-​ , -​ˈmär-​ \ adverb

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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 on the Web As its defense demoralized Arizona, USC’s offense finally found its stride in the second half. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC’s depleted defense puts on dominant performance in rout of Arizona," 19 Oct. 2019 Esper was inheriting a Pentagon press shop that was demoralized and neutered. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "The return of the Pentagon briefing," 23 Jan. 2020 The Patriots’ defense had demoralized its previous eight opponents this season by limiting rushing yards, forcing turnovers and dominating on third down to keep drives short. Kyle Hightower,, "Pats say Ravens loss won’t become blueprint for other teams," 4 Nov. 2019 The five were convicted under a law prohibiting the spread of information that could endanger or demoralize the military. Fox News, "Burmese actors get 1-year jail term for satirizing military," 1 Nov. 2019 But this pitting against progressives against moderates, saying one is unrealistic and the other doesn't care enough, that to me is dividing our party and demoralizing us in face of the real enemy here. NBC News, "Democratic debate transcript: July 31, 2019," 1 Aug. 2019 The Blazers are coming a demoralizing 117-93 loss to the lowly New York Knicks on New Year’s Day. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers vs. Washington Wizards: Live updates, TV channel, how to watch live stream online," 3 Jan. 2020 Those composers who remained increasingly saw revenue come from streaming platforms, where micropayments demoralized many in the creative sector. Tom Roland, Billboard, "Executive Exits At ASCAP, BMI, SESAC Point to Renewed Optimism In Publishing," 1 Oct. 2019 Those left to carry on were battle-hardened, sick, demoralized and exhausted. oregonlive, "Veterans Day 2019: Remembering Oregon’s 96th Infantry Division," 10 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of demoralize

circa 1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of demoralize was circa 1793

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14 Feb 2020

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“Demoralize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of demoralize

: to cause (someone) to lose hope, courage, or confidence : to weaken the morale of (a person or group)


de·​mor·​al·​ize | \ di-ˈmȯr-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce demoralize (audio) \
demoralized; demoralizing

Kids Definition of demoralize

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

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