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

transitive verb

: to deprive of morale or enthusiasm
dispirited 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 While many artists said they were dispirited by the slow pace of progress, others said they were encouraged by recent efforts to bring attention to the disparities. Javier C. Hernández, New York Times, 16 June 2023 Though some aspects of the fight are dispiriting — there’s lots of footage of crassly stubborn sports fans — there are also advancements to treasure, like one non-Native teen turning her education into a successful campaign to change her school’s name. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2023 Even so, the cable news industry dialed up a whole day of dispiriting, and often very dumb, wall-to-wall coverage. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 4 May 2023 In a response that left many professional writers dispirited, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers — the trade association that represents most of the industry’s big entertainment companies — rejected that proposal. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, 2 May 2023 See all Example Sentences for dispirit 

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Word History


dis- + spirit

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dispirit was in 1647

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“Dispirit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispirit. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


dis·​pir·​it (ˈ)dis-ˈpir-ət How to pronounce dispirit (audio)
: to deprive of cheerful spirit : dishearten
dispiritedly adverb
dispiritedness noun

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