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[dih-mawr-uh-lahyz, -mor-] /dɪˈmɔr əˌlaɪz, -ˈmɒr-/
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.
Origin of demoralize
1785-95; < French démoraliser. See de-, moral, -ize
Related forms
demoralization, noun
demoralizer, noun
demoralizingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • As soon as he arrived Primus laid siege to the heart of William John, captured it in six hours, and demoralized it in twenty-four.

    My Lady Nicotine J. M. Barrie
  • The Germans were demoralized and now was the time to strike.

  • Aware that they had been trapped, the demoralized Mohawks scrambled from the tangle and fled into the night.

    Spotted Deer Elmer Gregor
  • Two of the demoralized fellows plunged into the passage that led to the cellar.

    Warrior Gap Charles King
  • If this be true, which I do not believe, I can only say—shame upon the rulers, who have so demoralized their subjects!

    Rome in 1860 Edward Dicey
British Dictionary definitions for demoralized


verb (transitive)
to undermine the morale of; dishearten: he was demoralized by his defeat
to debase morally; corrupt
to throw into confusion
Derived Forms
demoralization, demoralisation, noun
demoralizer, demoraliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for demoralized



c.1793, "to corrupt the morals of," from French démoraliser, from de- "remove" (see de-) + moral (adj.) (see moral). Said to be a coinage of the French Revolution. Sense of "lower the morale of" (especially of armies) is first recorded 1848. Related: Demoralized; demoralizing.

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