- to deprive (a person or persons) of spirit, courage, discipline, etc.; destroy the morale of: The continuous barrage demoralized the infantry.
- to throw (a person) into disorder or confusion; bewilder: We were so demoralized by that one wrong turn that we were lost for hours.
- to corrupt or undermine the morals of.
Also especially British, de·mor·al·ise.
Origin of demoralize
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Examples from the Web for demoralise
Of the tendency of cruelty to demoralise its victims I have already spoken.
It is difficult to say which of the two motives is the more likely to demoralise the child.
This seemed to demoralise every one, and they all commenced to retire.South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)
Why demoralise them, why instil the love of money into their innocent minds?Mr. Punch on the Continong
If he love her, the chances are that she will in the end weaken and demoralise him.
- to undermine the morale of; disheartenhe was demoralized by his defeat
- to debase morally; corrupt
- to throw into confusion
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Word Origin and History for demoralise
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