dishearten

verb dis·heart·en \ (ˌ)dis-ˈhär-tᵊn \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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

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

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First Known Use of dishearten

1590


DISHEARTEN Defined for English Language Learners

dishearten

verb

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

verb dis·heart·en \ dis-ˈhär-tᵊn \

Definition of dishearten for Students

disheartened; disheartening
:discourage 1
  • She was disheartened by the bad news.


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