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dispirited

[dih-spir-i-tid] /dɪˈspɪr ɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
discouraged; dejected; disheartened; gloomy.
Origin of dispirited
1640-1650
1640-50; dispirit + -ed2
Related forms
dispiritedly, adverb
dispiritedness, noun

dispirit

[dih-spir-it] /dɪˈspɪr ɪt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to deprive of spirit, hope, enthusiasm, etc.; depress; discourage; dishearten.
Origin
1635-45; di-2 + spirit
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  • They were dispirited by defeat, without tents, badly armed, and had lost great part of their stores and baggage.

  • More prisoners to be marched along, joining the other dispirited ranks.

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  • Mr. Braham preserved his serene confidence, but Laura's friends were dispirited.

    The Gilded Age, Complete Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner
  • She was too dispirited for words, but she patted his hand softly.

    Old Valentines Munson Aldrich Havens
  • Never before had they felt so dispirited, and yet never had they been so near being relieved from their misery.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for dispirited

dispirited

/dɪˈspɪrɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
low in spirit or enthusiasm; downhearted or depressed; discouraged
Derived Forms
dispiritedly, adverb
dispiritedness, noun

dispirit

/dɪˈspɪrɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to lower the spirit or enthusiasm of; make downhearted or depressed; discourage
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Word Origin and History for dispirited

dispirit

v.

1640s; see dis- + spirit (n.). Related: Dispirited; dispiriting.

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