verb (used with object)
to depress the hope, courage, or spirits of; discourage.

1590–1600; dis-1 + hearten

disheartener, noun
dishearteningly, adverb
disheartenment, noun
undisheartened, adjective

dismay, daunt, deject, dispirit. Unabridged
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dishearten (dɪsˈhɑːtən)
(tr) to weaken or destroy the hope, courage, enthusiasm, etc, of

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
The style of these appointments has disheartened pro-market reformers.
Though the arch will surely be missed, travelers shouldn't be too disheartened
  by the news.
We should therefore not be too disheartened by the apparent impossibility of
  building a device to perform the necessary functions.
In his final season, some of his players were so disheartened they tried to
  organize a boycott of the last game.
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