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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First Known Use of dishearten

1590, in the meaning defined above

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12 Nov 2019

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“Dishearten.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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