[ dih-mawr-uh-lahyz, -mor- ]
/ dɪˈmɔr əˌlaɪz, -ˈmɒr- /
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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.
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Also especially British, de·mor·al·ise .
OTHER WORDS FROM demoralizede·mor·al·i·za·tion, nounde·mor·al·iz·er, nounde·mor·al·iz·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use demoralize in a sentence
Another reads: “the media coalition looks completely demoralised.”New Emails Revealed as James Murdoch Takes the Stand at the Leveson Inquiry|Peter Jukes|April 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But the latest exposures have left the force thoroughly demoralised.Britain’s Dodgy Coppers|Graeme McLagan|July 31, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Even New Zealand Brigade which has been only recently engaged lost heavily and is to some extent demoralised.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
Although the army was greatly demoralised during the retreat through Portugal, he never lost a single gun or baggage wagon.
The French army, so long accustomed to success, was absolutely demoralised by repeated disappointments and defeats.
They set a bright example to the nobles of other countries, and very frequently even to the less demoralised society of our own.Newton Forster|Captain Frederick Marryat
There was no question that our ranks were demoralised and heartsick.My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War|Ben Viljoen.
British Dictionary definitions for demoralize
/ (dɪˈmɒrəˌlaɪz) /
to undermine the morale of; disheartenhe was demoralized by his defeat
to debase morally; corrupt
to throw into confusion
Derived forms of demoralizedemoralization or demoralisation, noundemoralizer or demoraliser, noun
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