dis·​heart·​en | \(ˌ)dis-ˈhär-tᵊn \

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 \-​ˈhärt-​niŋ-​lē, -​ˈhär-​tᵊn-​iŋ-​ \ adverb
disheartenment \-​ˈhär-​tᵊn-​mənt \ 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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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 While blame for the violent tragedies that continue to dishearten our country does not rest solely on Trump’s shoulders, Streep was right about hatred running rampant in this administration. Zach Schermele, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump's Ideology Is Supporting Political Violence," 30 Oct. 2018 Their tenacity is inspiring; their struggles disheartening. New York Times, "These Movies Haunted Me at the Human Rights Watch Festival," 15 June 2018 His first run — less than two miles — left him gasping for breath and disheartened. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Chip Gaines finishes first his marathon — in a tool belt," 7 May 2018 These families were so disheartened by the lifestyle their son was living. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "Dead of AIDS and Forgotten in Potter’s Field," 3 July 2018 David Zinner said voters were not the only ones disheartened. Ian Duncan,, "As they count provisional ballots, officials will use spreadsheet to hunt for voters affected by MVA glitch," 27 June 2018 Arrested Development’’ left some feeling frustrated and disheartened. Allyson Chiu,, "Jason Bateman ‘incredibly embarrassed’ after ‘mansplaining’ ‘Arrested Development’ to Jessica Walter," 24 May 2018 Seniors looking to get accepted into some of the most selective colleges in America may be disheartened to learn that most have an acceptance rate of 15 percent or lower. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "These are the hardest colleges to get into in 2018," 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of dishearten

1590, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dishearten was in 1590

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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 \
disheartened; disheartening

Kids Definition of dishearten

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

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