Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective discouraging. Opposite of encouraging.

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  • verb Present participle of demoralize.
  • adjective disheartening

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  • adjective destructive of morale and self-reliance

Etymologies

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Examples

  • On television this sort of thing is enormously effective in demoralizing the innocent and well-mannered who, acting in good faith, do not lie or make personal insults, Buckley has made many honorable men look dishonest fools by his demagoguery, and by the time they recover from his first assault and are ready to retaliate, the program is over.

    r_urell: William F. Buckley: Father of Modern "Conservatism"

  • I am so sick of the race card, I am so sick of this bipartisan bickering that Congress is more interested in demoralizing the other party than serving the citizens of America.

    Bill Clinton weighs in on charges of racism against Obama

  • What's more demoralizing is that so many people seem to buy into it.

    White House forcefully responds to Cheney

  • Works every time in demoralizing the home front unless spinners follow the media/academia nihilists who say the glass is half empty.

    Splitting newsrooms and hairs « BuzzMachine

  • Nhan Dan, underscored the importance of the overall proselytizing effort in demoralizing the American war effort: It was essential to our strategy.

    POWs and Politics - Part 1

  • "No," Mientkiewicz says, "demoralizing is the 26 teams that are sitting on the couch, drinking beer and watching these games.

    USATODAY.com - Angels succeed where Selig failed

  • Probably no one but Mark Twain ever conceived the idea of demoralizing a whole community — of making its “nineteen leading citizens” ridiculous by leading them into a cheap, glittering temptation, and having them yield and openly perjure themselves at the very moment when their boasted incorruptibility was to amaze the world.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • Even my mother, who in some ways was stupid and hard, noticed that this sort of education was likely to have what is called a demoralizing effect on me.

    An Anarchist Woman

  • Probably no one but Mark Twain ever conceived the idea of demoralizing a whole community -- of making its "nineteen leading citizens" ridiculous by leading them into a cheap, glittering temptation, and having them yield and openly perjure themselves at the very moment when their boasted incorruptibility was to amaze the world.

    Mark Twain, a Biography — Volume II, Part 2: 1886-1900

  • Probably no one but Mark Twain ever conceived the idea of demoralizing a whole community -- of making its "nineteen leading citizens" ridiculous by leading them into a cheap, glittering temptation, and having them yield and openly perjure themselves at the very moment when their boasted incorruptibility was to amaze the world.

    Mark Twain, a Biography. Complete

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  • In British English we normally use 'demoralising'.

    August 22, 2011