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[ dis-hahr-tn ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to depress the hope, courage, or spirits of; discourage.

    Synonyms: dismay, dispirit, deject, daunt


/ dɪsˈhɑːtən /


  1. tr to weaken or destroy the hope, courage, enthusiasm, etc, of

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Derived Forms

  • disˈheartenment, noun
  • disˈhearteningly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • dis·heart·en·er noun
  • dis·heart·en·ment noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dishearten1

First recorded in 1590–1600; dis- 1 + hearten

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Example Sentences

Some poll workers said they felt vulnerable in their roles, or were disheartened by baseless claims that they felt undermined the election process they witnessed firsthand.

The pandemic began taking a toll and I was already disheartened, knowing that things wouldn’t be the same for a very long time.

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Other people might have been disheartened by such unrelenting proximity to pain, but the knowledge that things could be worse filled Diaz, a relentless optimist, with a profound sense of calm.

Though I got disheartened by the strict mindset of being a restaurateur, I feel like I can do anything now.

If you have missed that slot, then no need to be disheartened as, by the end of this article, you will earn the best ways to get there.

He said nothing, not wishing perhaps to dishearten his companion.

While they dishearten the irresolute, they stimulate the brave.

Fortune may be kind or be unkind, it shall neither dishearten me nor uplift me.

It is an immense problem, often enough to dishearten good men and women.

No, no, there is nothing encouraging about it; and as for disheartening, nothing ought to dishearten a seaman.