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 demoralising Historical Examples of demoralising Demoralising as it was for men, it did at least leave them the free use of their minds.
However, the Anthonys were free from all
But the weary,
demoralising, despairing monotony has vanished.
demoralising, and should be discountenanced in every country.
All this was
demoralising, so Gordon decided on an immediate change. British Dictionary definitions for demoralising 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 demoralising 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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