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verb (used with object)
  1. to depress the hope, courage, or spirits of; discourage.
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Origin of dishearten

First recorded in 1590–1600; dis-1 + hearten
Related formsdis·heart·en·er, noundis·heart·en·ing·ly, adverbdis·heart·en·ment, nounun·dis·heart·ened, adjective

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Related Words for disheartened

dismay, discourage, dispirit, humble, deter, deject, daunt, demoralize, humiliate, crush, dampen, damp, dash, shake, disparage, chill, indispose, disincline

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British Dictionary definitions for disheartened


  1. (tr) to weaken or destroy the hope, courage, enthusiasm, etc, of
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Derived Formsdishearteningly, adverbdisheartenment, noun
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Word Origin and History for disheartened



1590s (first recorded in "Henry V"), from dis- "the opposite of" + hearten. Related: Disheartened; disheartening.

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