demoralize

  • 1 demoralize — [v1] depress, unnerve abash, blow out, blow up, chill, cripple, damp, dampen, daunt, debilitate, deject, disarrange, disconcert, discountenance, discourage, dishearten, disorder, disorganize, disparage, dispirit, disturb, embarrass, enfeeble, get …

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  • 2 Demoralize — De*mor al*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Demoralized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Demoralizing}.] [F. d[ e]moraliser; pref. d[ e] (L. dis or de) + moraliser. See {Moralize}.] To corrupt or undermine in morals; to destroy or lessen the effect of moral principles …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 demoralize — index brutalize, debase, deteriorate, discompose, discourage, disgrace, pervert, subvert, taint ( …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 demoralize — c.1793, to corrupt the morals of, from Fr. démoraliser, from de remove (see DE (Cf. de )) + moral (adj.) (see MORAL (Cf. moral)). Said to be a coinage of the French Revolution. Sense of lower the morale of (especially of armies) is first recorded …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 demoralize — (Amer.) de·mor·al·ize || dɪ mÉ’rÉ™laɪz v. cause despair, lower morale; corrupt morals (also demoralise) …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 6 demoralize — (also demoralise) ► VERB ▪ cause to lose confidence or hope. DERIVATIVES demoralization noun demoralized adjective demoralizing adjective. ORIGIN French démoraliser corrupt, deprave …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 demoralize — ☆ demoralize [dē môr′ə līz΄, dimôr′ə līz ] vt. demoralized, demoralizing [coined (1793) by WEBSTER3 Noah < DE + MORAL + IZE] 1. Now Rare to corrupt the morals of; deprave 2. to lower the morale of; weaken the spirit, courage …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 demoralize — sf., Fr. démoralise Moralini bozmak anlamındaki demoralize etmek, morali bozulmak anlamındaki demoralize olmak birleşik fiillerinde geçen bir söz …

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  • 9 demoralize — UK [dɪˈmɒrəlaɪz] / US [dɪˈmɔrəˌlaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms demoralize : present tense I/you/we/they demoralize he/she/it demoralizes present participle demoralizing past tense demoralized past participle demoralized to make someone lose… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 demoralize — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. disconcert, dishearten; disorganize, confuse; corrupt, deprave. See impotence, dejection, improbity.Ant., boost, encourage. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. dispirit, daunt, unnerve, destroy the morale of;… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 11 demoralize — [[t]dɪmɒ̱rəlaɪz, AM mɔ͟ːr [/t]] demoralizes, demoralizing, demoralized VERB If something demoralizes someone, it makes them lose so much confidence in what they are doing that they want to give up. [V n] Clearly, one of the objectives is to… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 demoralize — also ise BrE verb (T) to reduce or destroy someone s courage or confidence: Such a move would undermine standards in schools and demoralize teachers. demoralized adjective: Defeated and demoralized, the protesters made their way home.… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 demoralize — transitive verb Date: circa 1793 1. to corrupt the morals of 2. a. to weaken the morale of ; discourage, dispirit b. to upset or destroy the normal functioning of c. to throw into disorder • demoralization noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 demoralize — demoralization, n. demoralizer, n. demoralizingly, adv. /di mawr euh luyz , mor /, v.t., demoralized, demoralizing. 1. to deprive (a person or persons) of spirit, courage, discipline, etc.; destroy the morale of: The continuous barrage… …

    Universalium

  • 15 demoralize — verb To destroy morale; to dishearten …

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  • 16 demoralize — Synonyms and related words: agitate, bastardize, bewilder, bludgeon, bluster, bluster out of, browbeat, brutalize, bulldoze, bully, chill, confuse, corrupt, cow, cripple, crush, damp, dampen, dash, daunt, debase, debauch, debilitate, defeat,… …

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  • 17 demoralize — de|mor|al|ize also demoralise BrE [dıˈmɔrəlaız US dıˈmo: , dıˈma: ] v [T] to reduce or destroy someone s courage or confidence ▪ The illness demoralized him and recovery took several weeks. >demoralized adj ▪ The refugees were cold, hungry,… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 demoralize — de|mor|al|ize [ dı mɔrə,laız ] verb transitive to make someone lose confidence or hope ╾ de|mor|al|i|za|tion noun uncount ╾ de|mor|al|ized adjective ╾ de|mor|al|iz|ing adjective …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 demoralize — or demoralise verb 1》 cause to lose confidence or hope. 2》 archaic corrupt the morals of. Derivatives demoralization noun demoralized adjective demoralizing adjective demoralizingly adverb Origin …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 demoralize — v. a. 1. Corrupt, deprave, vitiate, deprive of moral principle. 2. (Mil.) Deprive of courage or confidence, break down the morale or discipline of …

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