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

transitive verb

: to cause to lose hope, enthusiasm, or courage : to cause to lose spirit or morale
were disheartened by the news
(ˌ)dis-ˈhärt-niŋ-lē How to pronounce dishearten (audio)
disheartenment 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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Word History

First Known Use

1590, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dishearten was in 1590

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“Dishearten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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dis·​heart·​en (ˈ)dis-ˈhärt-ᵊn How to pronounce dishearten (audio)
: to deprive of courage and hope : discourage
dishearteningly adverb
disheartenment noun

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