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dishearten

[dis-hahr-tn] /dɪsˈhɑr tn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to depress the hope, courage, or spirits of; discourage.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; dis-1 + hearten
Related forms
disheartener, noun
dishearteningly, adverb
disheartenment, noun
undisheartened, adjective
Synonyms
dismay, daunt, deject, dispirit.
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Examples for dishearten
  • They would dishearten any teacher, but especially a conscientious apprentice.
  • Ambivalent relationships may do more than dishearten.
British Dictionary definitions for dishearten

dishearten

/dɪsˈhɑːtən/
verb
1.
(transitive) to weaken or destroy the hope, courage, enthusiasm, etc, of
Derived Forms
dishearteningly, adverb
disheartenment, noun
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Word Origin and History for dishearten
dishearten
1590s (first recorded in Shakespeare's "Henry V"), from dis- "the opposite of" (see dis-) + hearten, verb formed from figurative sense of heart. Related: Disheartened; disheartening.
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