- to deprive of spirit, hope, enthusiasm, etc.; depress; discourage; dishearten.
Origin of dispirit
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Examples from the Web for dispirit
I asked you to help me, and you do nothing but dispirit me with these doubts.The O'Ruddy
Everything to dispirit; but my invalids are really on the mend.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)
Robert Louis Stevenson
It was tabu for a messenger to go direct to the army lest he should dispirit the troops.The Fijians
It was no business of the chaplain to discourage and dispirit men in a moment of danger, and a court was formed to sit upon him.English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century
James Anthony Froude
His unresponsive silence seemed to dispirit her, for her eager eyes fell dejectedly.
- (tr) to lower the spirit or enthusiasm of; make downhearted or depressed; discourage
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Word Origin and History for dispirit
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