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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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  • The style of these appointments has disheartened pro-market reformers.
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  • 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

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 disheartened

dishearten

v.

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

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