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Definition of "demoralize" [de•mor•al•ize]

  • To undermine the confidence or morale of; dishearten: an inconsistent policy that demoralized the staff. (verb-transitive)
  • To put into disorder; confuse. (verb-transitive)
  • To debase the morals of; corrupt. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "demoralize" in a sentence
  • "President Robert Mugabe blames Western sanctions for the troubles and says price hikes are an attempt to "demoralize" voters ahead of polling day."
  • "They may be fierce and terrible, they may bring wretchedness and ruin, they may 'demoralize' armies and people, they may be dreadful evils, and leave long trails of desolation, but they are none the less wars for victories in which men will return thanks while the world shall stand."
  • "I was convinced that it was inappropriate for the navy, and I thought it would demoralize my sailors . . ."