[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
In these and other ways were camp-life and the new liberty demoralizing the freedmen.
Touted as a diagnostic aid for teachers and parents, the two-hour exam will begin demoralizing pre-pre-pre-adults this fall.
In these and in other ways were camp life and the new liberty demoralizing the freedmen.
These street fights are demoralizing for our soldiers.
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