demoralize [dih- mawr- uh-lahyz, - mor-] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object), de·mor·al·ized, de·mor·al·iz·ing. to deprive (a person or persons) of spirit, courage, discipline, etc.; destroy the morale of: The continuous barrage demoralized the infantry. to throw (a person) into disorder or confusion; bewilder: We were so demoralized by that one wrong turn that we were lost for hours. to corrupt or undermine the morals of.
, especially British de·mor·al·ise. Origin of demoralize
dating back to
-ize Related forms de·mor·al·i·za·tion, noun de·mor·al·iz·er, noun de·mor·al·iz·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for demoralise Historical Examples of demoralise British Dictionary definitions for demoralise verb (tr) to undermine the morale of; dishearten he was demoralized by his defeat to debase morally; corrupt to throw into confusion Derived Forms demoralization or demoralisation, noun demoralizer or demoraliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for demoralise v.
c.1793, "to corrupt the morals of," from French
démoraliser, from de- "remove" (see de-) + moral (adj.) (see moral). Said to be a coinage of the French Revolution. Sense of "lower the morale of" (especially of armies) is first recorded 1848. Related: Demoralized; demoralizing.
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