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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 disheartening
  • But while these types of events are disheartening, they are also self-limiting.
  • Seeing this stuff all over the place is disheartening.
  • My own life history reminds me that while difficult challenges can have great personal rewards, impossible ones are disheartening.
  • The role of money and politics in science can sometimes be so disheartening.
  • We no longer have the power or ability shallow mushy thinking from our supposed intellectually elite is disheartening.
  • It is disheartening to see that people still buy the coal and oil lobbyists propaganda.
  • Today, the political and fiscal situations seem more disheartening.
  • But sometimes it feels as though that's the only response out there, and that can be disheartening.
  • It is also disheartening to see many scientists use knowledge and technology today that came from ideas of yesterday.
  • It's disheartening to see this evidence that shows bullying is not a product of any specific culture system.
British Dictionary definitions for disheartening


(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 disheartening



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

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