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Definition of demoralize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

demoralize

 verb
(British English also -ise) verb
BrE BrE//ˈmɒrəlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔːrəlaɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they demoralize
BrE BrE//ˈmɒrəlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔːrəlaɪz//
 
he / she / it demoralizes
BrE BrE//dɪˈmɒrəlaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmɔːrəlaɪzɪz//
 
past simple demoralized
BrE BrE//dɪˈmɒrəlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmɔːrəlaɪzd//
 
past participle demoralized
BrE BrE//dɪˈmɒrəlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmɔːrəlaɪzd//
 
-ing form demoralizing
BrE BrE//dɪˈmɒrəlaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmɔːrəlaɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] demoralize somebody to make somebody lose confidence or hope synonym dishearten Constant criticism is enough to demoralize anybody. The world depression further demoralized the labour movement. Many members were demoralized by the leadership’s failure to implement reforms. Word Origin late 18th cent.: from French démoraliser (a word of the French Revolution), from dé- (expressing reversal) + moral ‘moral’, from Latin moralis.
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