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 Distraught, disheartened but determined, Bob continued to save each year and accumulated another $40,000. Steve Booren, The Denver Post, "Improving Investor Behavior: The world’s worst market timer," 15 Dec. 2019 She was disheartened to hear about a cost-saving proposal from former superintendent Patrick Murphy that would have cut equity coordinator positions in high schools. Washington Post, "Arlington schools were named best in Virginia, but a growing chorus of black parents is disrupting that narrative.," 22 Sep. 2019 Maciel said he was disheartened by Trump’s actions. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "As a divided House voted on President Trump's impeachment, an equally split nation reacted with a partisan sigh," 19 Dec. 2019 Like her granddaughter, Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, said that while it's been disheartening these past five years, she's not finished. Eric Levenson, CNN, "What's next for Eric Garner's family now that the NYPD officer has been fired," 20 Aug. 2019 Those who see impeachment as a legitimate effort to address serious presidential misconduct, on the other hand, will be bewildered and disheartened by it. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Don’t Withhold the Articles of Impeachment," 19 Dec. 2019 This habit, from a publication with otherwise sound political inclinations, is disheartening. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 6 Oct. 2019 But her purpose is not to dishearten us by forcing us to confront our failures. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Naomi Klein’s ‘On Fire’ urges us to quit hitting the snooze button on climate change," 19 Sep. 2019 The Notre Dame findings may dishearten scientists who have spent years trying to explain the dangers of climate change. Thomas Frank, Scientific American, "To Encourage Climate Action, Talk Up the Benefits of Adaptation," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of dishearten

1590, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jan 2020

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“Dishearten.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 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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