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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Kaiser has been facing pressure from the Service Employees International Union in California; the organization said it was disheartened that the bill’s author and the major sponsor didn’t engage in further compromise. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "FDA: Some Cancer Patients Shouldn’t Be Forced to Take Placebos in Drug Trials: Brainstorm Health," 28 Aug. 2019 The Bears didn’t have much time to enjoy their stunning victory, especially given Monday’s disheartening injury news. Ron Kroichick,, "Cal returns to work after big win over Huskies; LT Will Craig out for season," 9 Sep. 2019 Benji Sansón, 33, said he was left injured and disheartened. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "St. Paul police investigating man’s report of bouncer’s gay slur, assault; Lowertown bar disputes account," 19 Aug. 2019 Heald isn't disheartened that those aren't included in the first rendition of the ban. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Nepal Is Banning Single-Use Plastics on Mount Everest," 23 Aug. 2019 Don’t be disheartened by her last answer; if her runway collections and the vibrant world she’s created at Dover Street Market are any indication, there are still plenty of secret things that keep her amused. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“It’s Hard to Find Interesting New Things”—A Chat with Rei Kawakubo as She Wins the Noguchi Award," 3 May 2019 What transpired since then is, in a purely hockey sense, disheartening. Matt Porter,, "Bruins’ Anders Bjork has healthy outlook despite shoulder injuries," 3 Aug. 2019 Diekman’s addition demonstrated that the A’s top execs weren’t disheartened by the team’s recent funk; Oakland dropped five of six before Saturday’s 5-4 win over Texas. Susan Slusser,, "A’s add Diekman, pursuing Syndergaard and more," 27 July 2019 The player was seen to have a number of discussions with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp about his positioning and performance, and was visibly disheartened on leaving the stadium., "Jurgen Klopp Reveals New Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Injury Issue as Pre-Season Continues," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of dishearten

1590, in the meaning defined above

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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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