- 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 demoralize
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Accusations of dishonor demonize and demoralize, making it difficult to compromise, and sapping the motivation to act nobly.Delegitimizing Israel Makes Peace Harder to Achieve
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Okay, Israel has a bad addiction, to settlements, but why demoralize us?Romney's Israel Brand
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Capturing bin Laden would, it's safe to say, demoralize al Qaeda's remaining leadership far more than killing him has.Why Bin Laden Was Not Taken Alive
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Talbot considered it an attempt to demoralize him and was ready for it.Before the Dawn
Joseph Alexander Altsheler
We indulge in feelings which tend to demoralize the whole character.Kenelm Chillingly, Complete
We demoralize and we extirpate, but we never really civilize.The Malay Archipelago
Alfred Russell Wallace
The people were not yet demoralized, and the problem was how to demoralize them.The Problem of Foreign Policy
The Germans hope to demoralize us by circulating false reports.The Spell of Belgium
- 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 demoralize
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