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
Recent Examples on the Web For anyone who’s ever had to sign up for food stamps or jobless benefits in the U.S., the onerous enrollment procedures and frequent ID verification checks are a well-known, and often, disheartening reality. Brandon Kochkodin,, "Obsession With Fraud Sabotages U.S. Aid to Millions Without Jobs," 10 May 2020 Squashing once-jubilant plans is certainly disheartening, but staying at home doesn’t mean that these events should skid by without a little fanfare. Alia Akkam, House Beautiful, "A Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Birthdays at Home," 4 May 2020 Some business owners like Lupe Rose found the process disheartening. David Mclaughlin, Fortune, "Shake Shack, Potbelly: Companies with revenue over $100M are tapping small business relief loans," 20 Apr. 2020 Immigration was among the issues added to son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner’s portfolio, disheartening Trump backers who had hoped for lower immigration levels. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Trump ready to wield immigration issue during campaign," 23 Apr. 2020 Even more so, I am disheartened for all student-athletes, contest officials, their coaches, families, student bodies, fans, communities, and especially our seniors. Ben Thomas |, al, "AHSAA executive director Steve Savarese ‘sad, disappointed, prayerful’ as HS sports season ends," 27 Mar. 2020 Deputy Auditor General Laura Goodspeed said Tuesday the office was disheartened by the administration's response to their audit. Kat Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit City Council postpones $250M bond vote citing serious concerns," 12 Nov. 2019 The controversy had disheartened many researchers who just 1 year ago were celebrating a successful push to create Colombia’s first science ministry. Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Science | AAAS, "Colombia’s first ever science minister faces calls to resign over fungi-based cancer treatment," 3 Feb. 2020 Stinson's death was disheartening, Lanier said, both for Stinson's family and for the city. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee schools lobbyist dead after being struck by sheriff's deputy in 'unfortunate' accident," 27 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of dishearten

1590, in the meaning defined above

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“Dishearten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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