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 dispiriting

Contemporary Examples of dispiriting

Historical Examples of dispiriting

  • But it was dispiriting to realize how Standish must privately appraise him.


    Holworthy Hall

  • At this time Henry's situation was most perilous and dispiriting.

  • It was two hours before he returned, and the news he brought was dispiriting.

    A Girl of the Commune

    George Alfred Henty

  • Nothing can be more dismal or dispiriting than the fearful uproar.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Not sad or dispiriting by any means, but briskly enlivening was their lay.

    She and I, Volume 2

    John Conroy Hutcheson

British Dictionary definitions for dispiriting



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



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



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

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