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
They were often demoralized, but they came into work everyday with a
  recognition that there were some things that they could do.
Those who faltered were often demoralized before the event, while those who
  excelled were optimistic.
All of us listening to the radio were totally shocked and demoralized by this
  news.
He was persecuted, arrested and demoralized by the selfishness of the people
  who are supposed to care.
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