Definition of demoralize in English:

demoralize

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Cause (someone) to lose confidence or hope; dispirit.

    ‘their rejection of the treaty has demoralized the diplomatic community’
    • ‘The parents and the teachers tend to compare their wards with their counterparts and as a result the child is demoralised in front of others.’
    • ‘A decimated and demoralized staff is not an efficient one.’
    • ‘The principal of a south Armagh primary school broken into over the weekend says he is demoralised by the destruction left by the thieves.’
    • ‘Another warden said: ‘The re-training will be pointless because the staff are all demoralised.’’
    • ‘The way you defeat an army, is by demoralizing the individual soldiers in it, or getting them to desert or retreat.’
    • ‘Groups used violence for political or ideological ends, as a means of demoralising their opponents, winning concessions or taking over territory.’
    • ‘The aide admitted that the news of the killing was withheld to avoid demoralising the fighters.’
    • ‘This criticism was said to have demoralised staff and caused a split between them and councillors.’
    • ‘‘I thought I would find a company that had demoralised employees, low morale,’ he said.’
    • ‘But, privately, he confided to friends that he was demoralized, even tempted to quit.’
    • ‘Staff are demoralised, not least because local councils have eroded library opening hours and consequently cut shift allowances.’
    • ‘I object, not to the paperwork that demoralises teachers, but to the undermining of them as caring and knowledgeable professionals that it represents.’
    • ‘Instead of demoralizing a people, you have brought them closer together.’
    • ‘Each attack is designed to demoralize our people and divide us from one another.’
    • ‘And it just demoralised me totally when he would speak to me that way because I decided that I was doing everything in my power that I could to do what he wanted.’
    • ‘But at just 39 years old the family doctor is so demoralised with his inability to care for his patients properly that he is leaving the profession altogether.’
    • ‘They are helping our enemies to demoralize us into giving up.’
    • ‘Grimy wards, with paint peeling, dust gathering on windowsills and numerous unidentified stains, frighten patients and demoralise staff.’
    • ‘‘People are very demoralized and unhappy,’ a former administration official said.’
    • ‘Now, the national side, which once ruled the football world with a haughty confidence, is completely demoralized and there's less than a year to prepare for the great campaign on home ground.’
    dispirited, disheartened, downhearted, dejected, cast down, downcast, low, depressed, despairing
    dishearten, dispirit, deject, cast down, depress, dismay, daunt, discourage, unman, unnerve, crush, sap, shake, throw, cow, subdue, undermine, devitalize, weaken, enfeeble, enervate
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  • 2archaic Corrupt the morals of (someone)

    • ‘It is you and the like of you that deprave and demoralize youth and prepare criminals for the gallows.’
    • ‘It is a perceptive account of life in an occupied city, in which victors and vanquished alike are corrupted and demoralized.’
    corrupt, deprave, warp, pervert, subvert, lead astray, make degenerate, ruin
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Origin

Late 18th century: from French démoraliser (a word of the French Revolution), from dé- (expressing reversal) + moral ‘moral’, from Latin moralis.

Pronunciation

demoralize

/dəˈmɔrəˌlaɪz//dəˈmôrəˌlīz/