Definitions

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  • adj. Causing to lose heart; making despondent or gloomy; scare; discourage.
  • v. Present participle of dishearten.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Causing loss of hope or enthusiasm.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. destructive of morale and self-reliance

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Examples

  • Equally disheartening is the fact that the Iranian authorities are repressing women in a far more dangerous and direct way than passing draconian "family protection" laws: dozens, if not hundreds of women's rights activists have been personally targeted for arrest or extralegal attacks.

    Shayan Ghajar: Iranian Women Poised for Major Setback

  • What I find disheartening is the 'mean spirited nature' of so many comments on this and other sites.

    Clinton: No cause for alarm

  • What's really disheartening is that the Times feels the need to explain to their readers why their decision to cancel Ann Coulter isn't evidence of some grand liberal bias or conspiracy on their part.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • But what I did find disheartening is being reminded just how many people don't even try to think about or rethink their preconceptions.

    Fanboys Are Stupid, But You Are Not - Anil Dash

  • The Golden Bears had lost to Arizona and Southern California in disheartening fashion before beating rival Stanford and then the Aggies

    USATODAY.com

  • The Golden Bears had lost to Arizona and Southern California in disheartening fashion before beating rival Stanford and then the Aggies (9-4).

    USATODAY.com - College Football - Texas A&M vs. California

  • Despite losing its previous two games to Arizona and USC in disheartening fashion, Cal is headed to the Holiday Bowl to play Texas A&M on Dec. 28.

    USATODAY.com - College Football - Stanford vs. California

  • You know, when a general uses the word disheartening in a time of war, that is something to pay attention to.

    CNN Transcript Oct 20, 2006

  • When he uses the word disheartening in the middle of a war that is very significant.

    CNN Transcript Oct 20, 2006

  • But as bad as the original injury was, what’s discouraging and disheartening is the denial that any harm was done, that any injury occurred at all, and then the insistent, sometimes shrill, claims of innocence.

    April « 2007 « Bill Ayers

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