discouraged; dejected; disheartened; gloomy.

Origin of dispirited

First recorded in 1640–50; dispirit + -ed2
Related formsdis·pir·it·ed·ly, adverbdis·pir·it·ed·ness, noun



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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Examples from the Web for dispirited

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  • Dilly looked at this product of the patient art of woman with a dispirited gaze.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • He was sad and dispirited, and ill at ease with his own heart.


    Charles James Lever

  • Conyers sat alone in his barrack-room, very sad and dispirited.


    Charles James Lever

  • He did not so much brood as rage inwardly in a dull, dispirited way.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

  • "Well don't be dispirited," said Lorand, drawing me towards him and embracing me.

    Debts of Honor

    Maurus Jkai

British Dictionary definitions for dispirited



low in spirit or enthusiasm; downhearted or depressed; discouraged
Derived Formsdispiritedly, adverbdispiritedness, noun



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



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

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