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[dis-hahr-tn] /dɪsˈhɑr tn/
verb (used with object)
to depress the hope, courage, or spirits of; discourage.
Origin of dishearten
First recorded in 1590-1600; dis-1 + hearten
Related forms
disheartener, noun
dishearteningly, adverb
disheartenment, noun
undisheartened, adjective
dismay, daunt, deject, dispirit. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dishearten
Historical Examples
  • Laughter is a weapon that will dishearten the most persistent man-follower.

    Women's Wild Oats C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • "But I am not trying to dishearten anyone, Lieutenant," Weiss answered in astonishment.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • Nothing could dishearten him in his seemingly hopeless and insane resolve to raise the Swedes once more against Christian.

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

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
  • Before the close of this year I received another letter from George, which somewhat surprised, but did not at all dishearten me.

  • To beat a combatant is to disable or dishearten him for further fighting.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • Now and then a subscriber withdrew his name, which always cut him to the quick, but did not dishearten him.

    John James Audubon John Burroughs
  • The incident was all that was needed to dishearten and disgust him.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • I think it will be granted that it takes a great deal to discourage and dishearten a child.

    The Woman Who Toils Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
  • The loss of their cannon will dishearten them, as well as lessen their power for evil.

    Won by the Sword G.A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for dishearten


(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
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Word Origin and History for dishearten

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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