Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of demoralizing, or the state of being demoralized. Also spelled demoralisation.
- n. The act of corrupting or subverting morale, discipline, courage, hope, etc., or the state of being corrupted or subverted in morale.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of corrupting or subverting morals. Especially: The act of corrupting or subverting discipline, courage, hope, etc., or the state of being corrupted or subverted in discipline, courage, etc..
- n. destroying the moral basis for a doctrine or policy
- n. a state of disorder and confusion
- n. depression resulting from an undermining of your morale
“Tea party demoralization is right around the corner.”
“So on this line of thought, the anti-social behavior of young people in this category derives from their "demoralization" -- their failure, or society's failure, to absorb a compelling set of normative standards about personal and social conduct.”
“I think she ` s probably experiencing what they call -- and I ` m a recovering alcoholic myself, with, God willing, in April, 13 years of sobriety -- incomprehensible demoralization, which is what people experience.”
“Two trucks, four families, demoralization, that is what the abstraction called an economy is all about.”
“When, to the next word, "staircase," again, he said "scar," his demoralization was almost complete.”
“As for the so-called demoralization of the present day, this latter class are inclined to laugh at the croakers who look at things that way.”
“The very terms "grisette" and "lorette" by which young women unblest with wealth or social rank are commonly designated, involve the idea of demoralization -- no man would apply them to one whom he respected and of whose good opinion he was solicitous.”
“But when you put the escalation next to Obama's wavering on the public option; next to his broken promises of transparency; next to his stances on the Patriot Act and Gitmo; next to his full-on abandonment of his NAFTA pledges -- well, you get the kind of demoralization that Kos's new poll shows.”
“But if the workers were what they are represented to be -- namely, the idler whom the employer is supposed continually to threaten with dismissal from the workshop -- what would the word "demoralization" signify?”
“As the present "demoralization" was well under way before the World War began, that may be referred to, at most, as an accelerating influence, but not as the underlying cause.”
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