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

Example Sentences

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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 23 Jan. 2020 See More

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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 24 Mar. 2023.

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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