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[dih-spir-i-tid] /dɪˈspɪr ɪ tɪd/
discouraged; dejected; disheartened; gloomy.
Origin of dispirited
First recorded in 1640-50; dispirit + -ed2
Related forms
dispiritedly, adverb
dispiritedness, noun Unabridged
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  • But now he could see them only dispiritedly as hollow shapes; misty things without hope or substance.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • The rest hung about dispiritedly, and waited for what might transpire.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • "The tellecarbon must have developed a mind of its own," he said dispiritedly.

    Tillie Roger Phillips Graham
  • There was a cheery ring to Zenie's voice that had been wont to drag so dispiritedly.

    Stubble George Looms
  • She told him dispiritedly, leaving him time after each item of her discontent to put her in the wrong.

    The Squire's Daughter Archibald Marshall
  • No more than a dozen men were in there talking earnestly but dispiritedly.

    The Runaway Skyscraper Murray Leinster
  • She said dispiritedly that it was 54, remembering vaguely that it was somewhere in the fifties.

    Understood Betsy Dorothy Canfield
  • "He doesn't care whether he gets well or not," she said dispiritedly.

    Love Stories Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "And it's little worth his while to make the journey to see me," said he, dispiritedly.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • "I don't care for any such excitement," said Gibbon, dispiritedly.

    Driven From Home Horatio Alger
British Dictionary definitions for dispiritedly


low in spirit or enthusiasm; downhearted or depressed; discouraged
Derived Forms
dispiritedly, adverb
dispiritedness, noun
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