Definition of demoralize in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈmôrəˌlīz/


[with object]
1Cause (someone) to lose confidence or hope; dispirit: their rejection of the treaty has demoralized the diplomatic community
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  • The way you defeat an army, is by demoralizing the individual soldiers in it, or getting them to desert or retreat.
  • I object, not to the paperwork that demoralises teachers, but to the undermining of them as caring and knowledgeable professionals that it represents.
  • 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.
dishearten, dispirit, deject, cast down, depress, dismay, daunt, discourage, unman, unnerve, crush, shake, throw, cow, subdue;
break someone's spirit, knock the stuffing out of
crushed, humbled, subdued
2 archaic Corrupt the morals of (someone).
Example sentences
  • It is a perceptive account of life in an occupied city, in which victors and vanquished alike are corrupted and demoralized.
  • It is you and the like of you that deprave and demoralize youth and prepare criminals for the gallows.



Pronunciation: /dəˌmôrələˈzāSH(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /dəˌmôrəˌlīˈzāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Alcohol as a destructive force in Apache culture is a phenomenon that dates from colonization, and it has been a byproduct of demoralization and despair.
  • The poor areas may have generated more crime and disorder as a consequence of anonymity, demoralization and despair.
  • This is not just demoralization; this is a clinical depression.


Pronunciation: /dəˈmôrəˌlīziNG/
Pronunciation: /dēˈmôrəˌlīziNG/
Example sentences
  • And so I think they'll come to the realization that as difficult as our political compromise is, as tough as it is to work it out, it is much better than the continuation of this grinding, dehumanizing, demoralizing conflict.
  • ‘You're not far now,’ she deadpanned, setting me up for a demoralizing final 3.8 miles.
  • Furthermore, nothing is more demoralizing for a company's personnel as when they realize they have to recreate hundreds of word documents and spreadsheets.


Example sentences
  • Much of the work needs effort to get started and can be demoralisingly difficult to complete.
  • The mile-markers passed one by one at demoralisingly infrequent intervals to anyone accustomed to training in kilometres.
  • She is also pleased to have completed her course, having found some of the statistics modules demoralisingly difficult and the reading load hard to keep up with.


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

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Syllabification: de·mor·al·ize

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