dispirit

[ dih-spir-it ]
/ dɪˈspɪr ɪt /

verb (used with object)

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

Nearby words

  1. dispersive medium,
  2. dispersive power,
  3. dispersoid,
  4. disphenoid,
  5. dispireme,
  6. dispirited,
  7. dispiriting,
  8. dispiteous,
  9. displace,
  10. displaced

Origin of dispirit

First recorded in 1635–45; di-2 + spirit

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British Dictionary definitions for dispiriting

dispiriting

/ (dɪˈspɪrɪtɪŋ) /

adjective

tending to lower the spirit or enthusiasm; depressing; discouraging
Derived Formsdispiritingly, adverb

dispirit

/ (dɪˈspɪrɪt) /

verb

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

dispirit

v.

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

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