- 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 demoralised
It is the sober who are demoralised by it, and not the lawless who are deterred.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
The commissariat was demoralised, and supplies were not forthcoming.The Trampling of the Lilies
“It was the filthy boche propaganda that demoralised them,” rejoined Estridge.The Crimson Tide
Robert W. Chambers
Mankind has been demoralised since by its own mastery of mechanical appliances.Notes on Life and Letters
The excitements of the past six hours had demoralised me altogether.Tom, Dick and Harry
Talbot Baines Reed
- 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 demoralised
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