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dispirit

[dih-spir-it] /dɪˈspɪr ɪt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to deprive of spirit, hope, enthusiasm, etc.; depress; discourage; dishearten.
Origin of dispirit
1635-1645
First recorded in 1635-45; di-2 + spirit
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  • But it was dispiriting to realize how Standish must privately appraise him.

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  • At this time Henry's situation was most perilous and dispiriting.

    Henry of Monmouth, Volume 2 J. Endell Tyler
  • It was two hours before he returned, and the news he brought was dispiriting.

    A Girl of the Commune George Alfred Henty
  • Nothing can be more dismal or dispiriting than the fearful uproar.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • Not sad or dispiriting by any means, but briskly enlivening was their lay.

    She and I, Volume 2 John Conroy Hutcheson
British Dictionary definitions for dispiriting

dispiriting

/dɪˈspɪrɪtɪŋ/
adjective
1.
tending to lower the spirit or enthusiasm; depressing; discouraging
Derived Forms
dispiritingly, adverb

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 dispiriting

dispirit

v.

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

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