demoralize

[dih-mawr-uh-lahyz, -mor-]
verb (used with object), demoralized, demoralizing.
1.
to deprive (a person or persons) of spirit, courage, discipline, etc.; destroy the morale of: The continuous barrage demoralized the infantry.
2.
to throw (a person) into disorder or confusion; bewilder: We were so demoralized by that one wrong turn that we were lost for hours.
3.
to corrupt or undermine the morals of.
Also, especially British, demoralise.


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

demoralization, noun
demoralizer, noun
demoralizingly, adverb
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demoralize or demoralise (dɪˈmɒrəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
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
 
vb
 
demorali'zation or demoralise
 
n
 
demorali'sation or demoralise
 
n
 
de'moralizer or demoralise
 
n
 
de'moraliser or demoralise
 
n

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demoralize
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
He urged others to use the past to find inspiration to dispel resignation,
  deference, and demoralization.
No cowardly rendition of prisoners for torturing by third countries, thereby
  contributing to their corruption and demoralization.
The inevitable result is the demoralization of politics.
To be sure, there is no panic, no sense of general demoralization.
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