- to depress the hope, courage, or spirits of; discourage.
Origin of dishearten
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dismay, daunt, deject, dispirit.
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Examples from the Web for disheartening
Nguyen uses magic realism to tell this story, mixing the surreal with the real, to effectively tell the disheartening tale.‘War Witch’ Filmmaker Kim Nguyen on Africa’s Child Soldiers
March 1, 2013
A short while ago, the editors of The New York Times confirmed this disheartening report.Four Missing New York Times Journalists
March 16, 2011
It really is disheartening to see so many well-prepared people in search of so few jobs.Is a GED More Valuable Than a PhD?
January 13, 2009
Life isn't as disheartening as it would be if it lasted longer.Quaint Courtships
Doing things that were of no value to any one was so disheartening.Southern Lights and Shadows
The day was worse than its predecessor, inexpressibly gloomy and disheartening.The Downfall
This was disheartening, but at least it taught me to begin at the furthest point in future.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
But nevertheless it was a hard blow--a disheartening blow--to all of them.The Gaunt Gray Wolf
- (tr) to weaken or destroy the hope, courage, enthusiasm, etc, of
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Word Origin and History for disheartening
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