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demoralize

[dih-mawr-uh-lahyz, -mor-] /dɪˈmɔr əˌlaɪz, -ˈmɒr-/
verb (used with object), demoralized, demoralizing.
1.
to deprive (a person or persons) of spirit, courage, discipline, etc.; destroy the morale of:
The continuous barrage demoralized the infantry.
2.
to throw (a person) into disorder or confusion; bewilder:
We were so demoralized by that one wrong turn that we were lost for hours.
3.
to corrupt or undermine the morals of.
Also, especially British, demoralise.
Origin of demoralize
1785-1795
From the French word démoraliser, dating back to 1785-95. See de-, moral, -ize
Related forms
demoralization, noun
demoralizer, noun
demoralizingly, adverb
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Historical Examples
  • It is the sober who are demoralised by it, and not the lawless who are deterred.

  • The commissariat was demoralised, and supplies were not forthcoming.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • “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.

  • The excitements of the past six hours had demoralised me altogether.

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
  • The Allies, however, threaten Constantinople and the Turkish armies are demoralised.

    The Sequel George A. Taylor
  • They have been demoralised by traders, and drawn away from the mission at Godhaab.

    Red Rooney R.M. Ballantyne
  • Shells from the 18-pounders and trench-mortars cut their wire and demoralised their sentries.

    Attack Edward G. D. Liveing
  • There was no question that our ranks were demoralised and heartsick.

  • Is that a reason to let ourselves be demoralised and downcast?

    The Indian Chief Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for demoralised

demoralize

/dɪˈmɒrəˌlaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to undermine the morale of; dishearten: he was demoralized by his defeat
2.
to debase morally; corrupt
3.
to throw into confusion
Derived Forms
demoralization, demoralisation, noun
demoralizer, demoraliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for demoralised

demoralize

v.

c.1793, "to corrupt the morals of," from French démoraliser, from de- "remove" (see de-) + moral (adj.) (see moral). Said to be a coinage of the French Revolution. Sense of "lower the morale of" (especially of armies) is first recorded 1848. Related: Demoralized; demoralizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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