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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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  • Rullecour, the now disheartened French general, stood on the steps of the Cohue Royale.

  • But the Gypsy girl and I were not to be disheartened by historical comparisons.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • Far from disheartened, Rowena Farnham sprang forward, hands clenched at her sides, her face an angry flame.

  • Though he had failed many times, Longstreet was not disheartened.

    Stories Of Georgia Joel Chandler Harris
  • That one thing alone barred Mary out, and she went home anxious and disheartened.

    Mary Ware in Texas Annie F. Johnston
  • "You're young at the work, yet," he said to the disheartened men.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for disheartened


(transitive) to weaken or destroy the hope, courage, enthusiasm, etc, of
Derived Forms
dishearteningly, adverb
disheartenment, noun
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Word Origin and History for disheartened



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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