Definition of dispirit in US English:



[with object]
  • Cause (someone) to lose enthusiasm or hope.

    ‘the army was dispirited by the uncomfortable winter conditions’
    • ‘He is understandably dispirited by the accession of the new pontiff, but expresses his concerns in language that seems to me overwrought and misplaced.’
    • ‘I hate to dispirit my readers like that, but that's just the way things go sometimes.’
    • ‘Thirdly, why we should perhaps not be too dispirited and demoralised about public life.’
    • ‘I just understand that if you are constantly behind, it dispirits people.’
    • ‘As Argentina's presidential election approaches, many dispirited voters are planning on turning in blank ballots or not voting at all.’
    • ‘You can dispirit the Iraqi people by sending mixed messages.’
    • ‘Finn and Larkins started to walk away from the bench that seated the 3 dispirited boys, all of whom were sighing with misery and woe.’
    • ‘The talk was that the Irish would lose by a ton but Gatland's previously dispirited team conceded a late try and went down 18-16.’
    • ‘A year ago the National caucus was dispirited and dejected.’
    • ‘Most of the children are dispirited because of some adolescent problem.’
    • ‘The ragged and dispirited Americans made camp at Valley Forge.’
    • ‘I guess this is the price Zambia has to pay for failing to beat Ghana in Lusaka but having to win in Ghana should inspire rather than dispirit the players.’
    • ‘But Pietro is too lost in his own daydreams and dispirited behavior to pay attention to his studies.’
    • ‘He came to Devizes in 1989 to take over a rather dispirited congregation, which had suffered from constant changes in clergy over a short period.’
    • ‘Keeping vibrations of hope on the pulse through dispiriting times was part of the task she set herself.’
    • ‘Like McCain, I'm not dispirited by the notion that Congress will have to revisit the issue every few years.’
    • ‘In doing so it will hopefully help puncture the ideological claims that have done much to demoralise workers and dispirit potential students of work and employment relations.’
    • ‘Anyway, I was quite dispirited at only receiving four calls in total from this ad.’
    • ‘Famine and disease had ravished and dispirited the people and emigration had drained the land of most of its youth.’
    • ‘I even invited her to the mall, and I was dispirited when she turned me down.’
    dishearten, discourage, demoralize, cast down, make dejected, make downhearted, depress, dismay, disappoint, daunt, deter, unman, unnerve, crush, sap, shake, throw, cow, subdue, undermine
    disheartened, discouraged, demoralized, cast down, downcast, low, low-spirited, dejected, downhearted, depressed, disconsolate
    disheartening, depressing, discouraging, disappointing, daunting, disenchanting, demoralizing
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