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verb (used with object)
  1. to deprive of spirit, hope, enthusiasm, etc.; depress; discourage; dishearten.
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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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Historical Examples of dispirit

  • I asked you to help me, and you do nothing but dispirit me with these doubts.

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane

  • Everything to dispirit; but my invalids are really on the mend.

  • It was tabu for a messenger to go direct to the army lest he should dispirit the troops.

    The Fijians

    Basil Thomson

  • 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.

  • His unresponsive silence seemed to dispirit her, for her eager eyes fell dejectedly.

British Dictionary definitions for dispirit


  1. (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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