[ dih-mawr-uh-lahyz, -mor- ]
See synonyms for: demoralizedemoralizeddemoralizing on

verb (used with object),de·mor·al·ized, de·mor·al·iz·ing.
  1. to deprive (a person or persons) of spirit, courage, discipline, etc.; destroy the morale of: The continuous barrage demoralized the infantry.

  2. to throw (a person) into disorder or confusion; bewilder: We were so demoralized by that one wrong turn that we were lost for hours.

  1. to corrupt or undermine the morals of.

Origin of demoralize

From the French word démoraliser, dating back to 1785–95. See de-, moral, -ize
  • Also especially British, de·mor·al·ise .

Other words from demoralize

  • de·mor·al·i·za·tion, noun
  • de·mor·al·iz·er, noun
  • de·mor·al·iz·ing·ly, adverb

Words Nearby demoralize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use demoralize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for demoralize



/ (dɪˈmɒrəˌlaɪz) /

  1. to undermine the morale of; dishearten: he was demoralized by his defeat

  2. to debase morally; corrupt

  1. to throw into confusion

Derived forms of demoralize

  • demoralization or demoralisation, noun
  • demoralizer or demoraliser, noun

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