demoralize

[ dih-mawr-uh-lahyz, -mor- ]
/ dɪˈmɔr əˌlaɪz, -ˈmɒr- /

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 .

Origin of demoralize

From the French word démoraliser, dating back to 1785–95. See de-, moral, -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM demoralize

de·mor·al·i·za·tion, nounde·mor·al·iz·er, nounde·mor·al·iz·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for demoralize

demoralize

demoralise

/ (dɪˈmɒrəˌlaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to undermine the morale of; disheartenhe was demoralized by his defeat
to debase morally; corrupt
to throw into confusion

Derived forms of demoralize

demoralization or demoralisation, noundemoralizer or demoraliser, noun
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