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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
  • "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


(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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