demoralize

verb
de·​mor·​al·​ize | \ di-ˈmȯr-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce demoralize (audio) , ˌdē-, -ˈmär- \
demoralized; demoralizing; demoralizes

Definition of demoralize

transitive verb

1 : to cause to turn aside or away from what is good or true or morally right : to corrupt the morals of
2a : to weaken the morale of : discourage, dispirit were demoralized by the loss
b : to upset or destroy the normal functioning of foreclosures were further demoralizing an already desperate real-estate market— F. D. Roosevelt
c : to throw into disorder

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Other Words from demoralize

demoralization \ di-​ˌmȯr-​ə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce demoralize (audio) , ˌdē-​ , -​ˌmär-​ \ noun
demoralizer \ di-​ˈmȯr-​ə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce demoralize (audio) , ˌdē-​ , -​ˈmär-​ \ noun
demoralizingly \ di-​ˈmȯr-​ə-​ˌlī-​ziŋ-​lē How to pronounce demoralize (audio) , ˌdē-​ , -​ˈmär-​ \ adverb

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Examples of demoralize in a Sentence

the mere sight of the forbidding cliffs demoralized the climbers we refused to be demoralized by our humiliating defeat and vowed to come roaring back the following week
Recent Examples on the Web The flights are part of a pressure campaign designed to demoralize Taiwan's population—and by extension, military forces—with overwhelming displays of military power. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 6 Oct. 2021 The widespread corruption also served to demoralize the Afghan fighting forces, which by many accounts were formidable and relatively professional. Tracy Wilkinson Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2021 Broadcasting over Radio Tokyo, Toguri sent propaganda dispatches hoping to demoralize American troops. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Aug. 2021 At the end of the third quarter, in which France outscored Team USA 25-11 to erase a half-time deficit, Thomas Heurtel hit a last second three pointer that gave a 62-56 advantage and seemed to demoralize the Americans. Sean Gregory/tokyo, Time, 25 July 2021 As occurred under President Obama, this would mainly benefit the Cuban rulers and their allies, demoralize the pro-democracy dissidents, and infuriate Cuban-Americans. Néstor T. Carbonell, National Review, 16 July 2021 This domino effect of falling districts has only served to demoralize the Afghan security forces, who have watched their comrades surrender en masse, forfeiting their vehicles and equipment to an increasingly triumphant Taliban. BostonGlobe.com, 29 June 2021 This domino effect of falling districts has only served to demoralize the Afghan security forces, who have watched some of their comrades surrender, forfeiting their vehicles and equipment to an increasingly triumphant Taliban. New York Times, 29 June 2021 The London Blitz was designed to overwhelm the British and demoralize them into submission. Colin Dickey, The New Republic, 4 June 2021

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First Known Use of demoralize

circa 1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of demoralize was circa 1793

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12 Oct 2021

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“Demoralize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demoralize. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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demoralize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of demoralize

: to cause (someone) to lose hope, courage, or confidence : to weaken the morale of (a person or group)

demoralize

verb
de·​mor·​al·​ize | \ di-ˈmȯr-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce demoralize (audio) \
demoralized; demoralizing

Kids Definition of demoralize

: to weaken the spirit or confidence of Yet another defeat demoralized the team.

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