- 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 demoralization
The demoralization was not by any means confined to the minor roads.The Railroad Question
This avoids a general pay day and the demoralization that would likely follow.The Negro Farmer
It was an ominous joke that proved the demoralization of the Russian detachment.Beasts, Men and Gods
In the midst of this demoralization Toombs was a pillar of fire.Robert Toombs
Pleasant A. Stovall
He is just the man to tell us all about the demoralization of war.
- 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 demoralization
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