- 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.
Also especially British, de·mor·al·ise.
Origin of demoralize
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Examples from the Web for demoralising
Demoralising as it was for men, it did at least leave them the free use of their minds.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
However, the Anthonys were free from all demoralising influences.Chance
But the weary, demoralising, despairing monotony has vanished.Maxim Gorki
Begging is demoralising, and should be discountenanced in every country.Olla Podrida
Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
All this was demoralising, so Gordon decided on an immediate change.General Gordon
- to undermine the morale of; disheartenhe was demoralized by his defeat
- to debase morally; corrupt
- to throw into confusion
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Word Origin and History for demoralising
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