dishearten

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verb dis·heart·en \(ˌ)dis-ˈhär-tən\

Definition of dishearten

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cause to lose hope, enthusiasm, or courage :  to cause to lose spirit or morale were disheartened by the news

dishearteningly

play \-ˈhärt-niŋ-lē, -ˈhär-tən-iŋ-\ adverb

disheartenment

play \-ˈhär-tən-mənt\ noun

Examples of dishearten in a Sentence

  1. The conflict between their families disheartened them.

  2. we were disheartened by the news that our grandmother was seriously ill

1590

First Known Use of dishearten

1590


DISHEARTEN Defined for English Language Learners

dishearten

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verb dis·heart·en \(ˌ)dis-ˈhär-tən\

Definition of dishearten for English Language Learners

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


DISHEARTEN Defined for Kids

dishearten

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verb dis·heart·en \dis-ˈhär-tən\

Definition of dishearten for Students

disheartened

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disheartening

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



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