dis·​heart·​en | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈhär-tᵊn How to pronounce dishearten (audio) \
disheartened; disheartening; disheartens

Definition of dishearten

transitive verb

: to cause to lose hope, enthusiasm, or courage : to cause to lose spirit or morale were disheartened by the news

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Other Words from dishearten

dishearteningly \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈhärt-​niŋ-​lē How to pronounce dishearteningly (audio) , -​ˈhär-​tᵊn-​iŋ-​ \ adverb
disheartenment \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈhär-​tᵊn-​mənt How to pronounce disheartenment (audio) \ noun

Examples of dishearten in a Sentence

The conflict between their families disheartened them. we were disheartened by the news that our grandmother was seriously ill

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Frannie is in her thirties, broke and disheartened by her lack of progress on all fronts. Renee Valois, Twin Cities, "Park Square’s ‘Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant’ is over-the-top absurd — and hilarious," 29 June 2019 There is no good timing for such a traumatic event, but the circumstances here are beyond disheartening for the 2014 MVP. Ben Golliver,, "How Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury affects his future and the NBA landscape," 11 June 2019 Glenn had hoped to reconcile his sexuality with his faith but eventually grew disheartened and recorded a scathing solo album that distanced himself from the church. Steve Appleford,, "Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds' talks about his documentary `Believer' about his Mormon upbringing," 23 June 2018 During President Obama’s tenure, I was disheartened by the lack of criticism from the left. Stanley F. Druckenmiller, WSJ, "Where’s the Invisible Hand When You Need It?," 2 May 2018 And the devil in the details also is disheartening – of the $350 per month, a meager $5 goes toward the principal. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Students, families struggle to repay billions in crushing loan debts," 6 Sep. 2018 The situation is disheartening because Who Goes There? is a fantastic survival game in all other respects. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Who Goes There?: The Thing returns to the tabletop," 18 Aug. 2018 Even though Leeds will not make the play-offs this season, Heckingbottom and the Leeds faithful should not be too disheartened., "FanView: Why Paul Heckingbottom's Leeds Should Be Title Contenders Next Season," 5 Mar. 2018 Corbis via Getty Images Nobody would blame New York City commuters for being disheartened after a year of disappointments, when subway stations were turned into waterfalls and the gubernatorial candidate championing transit reform was defeated. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Public transit’s missed opportunity," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of dishearten

1590, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of dishearten

: to cause (a person or group of people) to lose hope, enthusiasm, or courage : to discourage (someone)


dis·​heart·​en | \ dis-ˈhär-tᵊn How to pronounce dishearten (audio) \
disheartened; disheartening

Kids Definition of dishearten

: discourage sense 1 She was disheartened by the bad news.

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