American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To shake or destroy the courage or resolution of; dispirit. See Synonyms at discourage.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To discourage; depress the spirits of; deject; impress with fear.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To discourage; to deprive of courage and hope; to depress the spirits of; to deject.
- v. take away the enthusiasm of
- dis- + hearten (Wiktionary)
“This is to dishearten the Kristianos outside, break their spirit.”
“The dilapidated gate could not deter her, the creaking shutters could not dishearten her, the spider web-laced windows could not dissuade her.”
“At the very least, however, it would dishearten Gadhafi's supporters and buy time for the rebels.”
“Occasionally the words dishearten, but 99 percent of the time they uplift.”
“But idiots like Bolton and Palin and the neocons want to bomb the country which would only galvinize “Supreme Leader” and dishearten those trying to make changes.”
“Even though I live here and I witness daily examples of the hardships people face just trying to survive, the statistics never fail to dishearten me.”
“Although the message of prudence, at a time when CIC's dumping of £351. 4m of Morgan Stanley shares has conspicuously not generated any money for transfer activity, might dishearten fans, it should not be interpreted as a lack of team investment.”
“The condition of an airplane cabin can dishearten any traveler.”
“You'll never really know: the only safe lesson is not to take the reasons given to you as gospel and so not to let them dishearten you.”
“Silence from Washington would also dishearten the courageous and growing opposition who are continuing to struggle for democracy.”
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