dis·​pir·​it | \ (ˌ)di-ˈspir-ət How to pronounce dispirit (audio) , -ˈspi-rət \
dispirited; dispiriting; dispirits

Definition of dispirit

transitive verb

: to deprive of morale or enthusiasm

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Other Words from dispirit

dispirited \ (ˌ)di-​ˈspir-​ə-​təd How to pronounce dispirit (audio) , -​ˈspi-​rət \ adjective
dispiritedly adverb
dispiritedness noun

Examples of dispirit in a Sentence

dispirited by the overwhelming amount of information needed to write the report
Recent Examples on the Web Those deeply engaged with their mosques are dispirited by the loss of physical congregations. Anna Piela, The Conversation, "Muslim women observe Ramadan under lockdown – and some say being stuck at home for the holiday is nothing new," 22 May 2020 The movie’s internalized emotions and elliptical style can allow small things to make large points — as when Kris rides, without comment, in the back seat of Abe’s truck rather than shotgun — but the overall mood rarely rises above dispiriting. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "‘Bull’ Review: A Lot to Wrangle With," 30 Apr. 2020 That’s dispiriting given a massive government fiscal relief effort and Federal Reserve actions aimed at shoring up the financial system, as health experts urge social distancing to combat the spread of the disease. Vince Golle And Sarina Yoo / Bloomberg, Time, "The Post-Coronavirus Unemployment Crisis Could Last for Years, Economists Say," 10 Apr. 2020 Testimony Ignored Particularly dispiriting for State Department officials during Trump’s Senate trial was the degree to which their testimony was ignored. Nick Wadhams, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Impeachment Fury Sows Fear of Payback Among Diplomats," 29 Apr. 2020 Those who find this dispiriting should assuage their disappointment with how the Democratic primary turned out byinvolving themselves in other political efforts. Engage with a race somewhere down-ballot. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Don’t Fear the Anti-Biden Socialist," 15 Apr. 2020 And just like last year, this five-game snapshot features a three-game winning streak sandwiched between a dispiriting Week 1 loss to the Packers and a three-point probably-shoulda-won upset loss on the road. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "How does Matt Nagy weigh belief vs. doubt during the Bears’ bye week? ‘It’s not about complaints. It’s about answers.’," 12 Oct. 2019 The Wolverines split their two home games this week, with a dispiriting last-minute loss to Ohio State on Wednesday before a crucial nine-point win against Michigan State on Saturday. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball's NCAA tournament résumé gets big boost with win over Michigan State," 10 Feb. 2020 His job proves exhausting and dispiriting over the years, but his kindly boss comes through with a retirement pension. Sarah Ruden, National Review, "Living Virtuously and Writing Well," 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of dispirit

1647, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dispirit

dis- + spirit

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“Dispirit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispirit. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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