dishearten

[ dis-hahr-tn ]
/ dɪsˈhɑr tn /

verb (used with object)

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

Nearby words

  1. disharmonize,
  2. disharmony,
  3. dishcloth,
  4. dishcloth gourd,
  5. dishdasha,
  6. disheartened,
  7. disheartening,
  8. dished,
  9. dishelm,
  10. disherison

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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British Dictionary definitions for disheartened

dishearten

/ (dɪsˈhɑːtən) /

verb

(tr) to weaken or destroy the hope, courage, enthusiasm, etc, of
Derived Formsdishearteningly, adverbdisheartenment, noun

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Word Origin and History for disheartened

dishearten

v.

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

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