[dih-mawr-uh-lahyz, -mor-]
verb (used with object), demoralized, demoralizing.
to deprive (a person or persons) of spirit, courage, discipline, etc.; destroy the morale of: The continuous barrage demoralized the infantry.
to throw (a person) into disorder or confusion; bewilder: We were so demoralized by that one wrong turn that we were lost for hours.
to corrupt or undermine the morals of.
Also, especially British, demoralise.

1785–95; < French démoraliser. See de-, moral, -ize

demoralization, noun
demoralizer, noun
demoralizingly, adverb Unabridged
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demoralize or demoralise (dɪˈmɒrəˌlaɪz)
1.  to undermine the morale of; dishearten: he was demoralized by his defeat
2.  to debase morally; corrupt
3.  to throw into confusion
demoralise or demoralise
demorali'zation or demoralise
demorali'sation or demoralise
de'moralizer or demoralise
de'moraliser or demoralise

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Word Origin & History

c.1793, "to corrupt the morals of," from Fr. demoraliser, from de- "remove" + moral (adj.) (see moral). Said to be a coinage of the Fr. Revolution. Sense of "lower the morale of" (especially of armies) is first recorded 1848.
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Example sentences
Such actions, as history shows, do not demoralize or hasten the defeat of an enemy.
Anonymous teaching evaluations only serve to inflate grades and demoralize the faculty.
The weapons of war are designed to devastate and demoralize foot soldiers.
Field workers have been known to find creative ways to boost the morale of
  their own troops or demoralize the other side.
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