Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

2017 Word of the Year

dishearten

[dis-hahr-tn] /dɪsˈhɑr tn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to depress the hope, courage, or spirits of; discourage.
Origin of dishearten
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; dis-1 + hearten
Related forms
disheartener, noun
dishearteningly, adverb
disheartenment, noun
undisheartened, adjective
Synonyms
dismay, daunt, deject, dispirit.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for dishearten
Historical Examples
  • "But I am not trying to dishearten anyone, Lieutenant," Weiss answered in astonishment.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • The defeat did not dishearten him, for again Dalton covered the board with gold.

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
  • He said nothing, not wishing perhaps to dishearten his companion.

    The Beach of Dreams H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • Laughter is a weapon that will dishearten the most persistent man-follower.

    Women's Wild Oats C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • To beat a combatant is to disable or dishearten him for further fighting.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • The incident was all that was needed to dishearten and disgust him.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • While they dishearten the irresolute, they stimulate the brave.

  • The loss of their cannon will dishearten them, as well as lessen their power for evil.

    Won by the Sword G.A. Henty
  • To know it to a certainty, would only tend to unnerve and dishearten us.

  • He was of a fiery, warlike temperament, and nothing could daunt him or dishearten him.

    Dust Julian Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for dishearten

dishearten

/dɪsˈhɑːtən/
verb
1.
(transitive) to weaken or destroy the hope, courage, enthusiasm, etc, of
Derived Forms
dishearteningly, adverb
disheartenment, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for dishearten
v.

1590s (first recorded in "Henry V"), from dis- "the opposite of" + hearten. Related: Disheartened; disheartening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for dishearten

Word Value for dishearten

14
14
Scrabble Words With Friends