- 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 demoralizing
Rather, human trafficking, like slavery in the past, is a way of demoralizing the conquered.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism
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If I may say so, you need to get past this issue that is sapping your energy and demoralizing your followers.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around
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The results of such widespread lack of curiosity or interest in knowledge are as demoralizing as they are predictable.Richard Hofstadter and America’s New Wave of Anti-Intellectualism
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They were counting on the scandal to motivate conservatives to vote while demoralizing liberals.Scandals Do Not a Party Platform Make
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Now, the Republicans are compromising and demoralizing their base.On the Fiscal Cliff, Republicans Got Nothin’
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The Republic is not the demoralizing force some would have it believed.The Roof of France
However, the Anthonys were free from all demoralizing influences.Chance
It is terrible to see how demoralizing our contact is to all sorts and conditions of men.The Soul of a People
That was not demoralizing to the Afghans, who have not European nerves.Soldiers Three, Part II.
It is demoralizing,—it is to abandon the pride of conscious rectitude.Two Days' Solitary Imprisonment
- 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 demoralizing
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