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demoralize

[ dih-mawr-uh-lahyz, -mor- ]
/ d瑟藞m蓴r 蓹藢la瑟z, -藞m蓲r- /
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verb (used with object), de路mor路al路ized, de路mor路al路iz路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路mor路al路ise .

Origin of demoralize

From the French word d茅moraliser, dating back to 1785鈥95. See de-, moral, -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM demoralize

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

demoralize

demoralise

/ (d瑟藞m蓲r蓹藢la瑟z) /

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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