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dishearten

[dis-hahr-tn]
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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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Examples from the Web for disheartening

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  • Life isn't as disheartening as it would be if it lasted longer.

  • Doing things that were of no value to any one was so disheartening.

  • The day was worse than its predecessor, inexpressibly gloomy and disheartening.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • This was disheartening, but at least it taught me to begin at the furthest point in future.

  • But nevertheless it was a hard blow--a disheartening blow--to all of them.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf

    Dillon Wallace


British Dictionary definitions for disheartening

dishearten

verb
  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 disheartening

dishearten

v.

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

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