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[dis-hahr-tn] /dɪsˈhɑr tn/
verb (used with object)
to depress the hope, courage, or spirits of; discourage.
Origin of dishearten
1590-1600; dis-1 + hearten
Related forms
disheartener, noun
dishearteningly, adverb
disheartenment, noun
undisheartened, adjective
dismay, daunt, deject, dispirit. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disheartened
  • 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.
  • It's an all-new show, they say, but don't be disheartened if you are a regular customer who may be leery of change.
  • Rice's droll style itself should lighten the spirits of those disheartened by vexing gardens.
  • Many citizens are so disheartened that they do not believe government has the capacity to be responsive to their needs.
  • Many people felt let down, disheartened and ready for change.
  • Whatever you do, don't get so disheartened that you take yourself out of the job search.
  • However, many are becoming disheartened by the weight of bureaucracy and the difficulty in making changes.
British Dictionary definitions for disheartened


(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 disheartened



1590s (first recorded in "Henry V"), from dis- "the opposite of" + hearten. Related: Disheartened; disheartening.

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