Definition of dishearten in English:



  • Cause (someone) to lose determination or confidence.

    ‘the farmer was disheartened by the damage to his crops’
    ‘a disheartened tone of voice’
    • ‘When I arrived at the set wearing a new chocolate-brown, button-up T-shirt and brown, leather clogs, I was determined not to let anyone or anything dishearten me.’
    • ‘I have no idea what the tale is here, but something's amiss, and I was disheartened by the result.’
    • ‘She said she was disheartened by the police force's inaction in relation to similar intimidation incidents in the past.’
    • ‘I am so disheartened at the slurs and insults that have been hurled at those people who accept free lunch for their kids.’
    • ‘Such tolerance of dishonesty in our educational system certainly disheartens other students, who realize that they may have to compete with cheaters to get into college.’
    • ‘He was disheartened when the boy didn't even seem to notice his presence.’
    • ‘But I am not disheartened by the image or the disadvantages that comes along with it.’
    • ‘Despite the elbow injury, he said he is not disheartened by the setback.’
    • ‘But I'm not disheartened… it will take some doing to undo the bad habits of a lifetime.’
    • ‘You've seen how I was disheartened by the loss of my husband and my children and because of my disease.’
    • ‘We weren't disheartened to lose as it was a tough tournament.’
    • ‘As I emptied its contents, I was disheartened to see the limited treasures I found within.’
    • ‘What disheartens me most of all is their blandness.’
    • ‘For that half an hour I got a tiny glimpse into what her everyday life is like and I was disheartened by how cold people are.’
    • ‘The very image of the desolated metropolis was enough to dishearten me before I even entered the city itself.’
    • ‘Far from giving physics a wider appeal, I suspect this merely disheartens students.’
    • ‘And of course we did know that, and it disheartened us to think no one would take notice of us.’
    • ‘Some disturbing news regarding misuse and exploitation of the tsunami donations are cropping up which disheartens me a lot.’
    • ‘If that sounds just a little bitter, she maintains that she wasn't disheartened.’
    • ‘I was disheartened; I would have truly loved to get out of the house and attend such a happy event.’
    discourage, dispirit, demoralize, depress, dismay, daunt, deter, unman, unnerve, sap, shake, throw, crush, cast down, desolate, make dispirited, make dejected, make crestfallen, make downhearted, disappoint, sadden, weigh down, weigh heavily on, put a damper on, cow, subdue, undermine, enervate, weaken
    give someone the blues, make someone fed up, knock the stuffing out of, knock for six, knock sideways
    downhearted, dispirited, low-spirited, demoralized, despondent, depressed, disconsolate, dejected, dismayed, disappointed, daunted, discouraged, deterred, unmanned, unnerved, sapped, shaken, thrown, crushed, cast down, low, down, crestfallen, saddened, weighed down
    blue, down in the mouth, down in the dumps
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