verb (used with object)

to deprive of spirit, hope, enthusiasm, etc.; depress; discourage; dishearten.

Origin of dispirit

First recorded in 1635–45; di-2 + spirit
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Related Words for dispirit

deject, discourage, dishearten, demoralize, sadden, crush, dampen

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British Dictionary definitions for dispirit



(tr) to lower the spirit or enthusiasm of; make downhearted or depressed; discourage
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Word Origin and History for dispirit

1640s; see dis- + spirit (n.). Related: Dispirited; dispiriting.

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