Adjective "demoralised" definition and examples

(Demoralised may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/dɪˈmɒrəlʌɪz/

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Definitions and examples

verb

Cause (someone) to lose confidence or hope.
  1. 'The principal of a south Armagh primary school broken into over the weekend says he is demoralised by the destruction left by the thieves.'
  2. 'The parents and the teachers tend to compare their wards with their counterparts and as a result the child is demoralised in front of others.'
  3. '‘I thought I would find a company that had demoralised employees, low morale,’ he said.'
  4. 'This criticism was said to have demoralised staff and caused a split between them and councillors.'
  5. '‘People are very demoralized and unhappy,’ a former administration official said.'
  6. 'But, privately, he confided to friends that he was demoralized, even tempted to quit.'
  7. 'A decimated and demoralized staff is not an efficient one.'
  8. 'Grimy wards, with paint peeling, dust gathering on windowsills and numerous unidentified stains, frighten patients and demoralise staff.'
  9. 'The aide admitted that the news of the killing was withheld to avoid demoralising the fighters.'
  10. 'They are helping our enemies to demoralize us into giving up.'
Corrupt the morals of (someone)
  1. 'It is you and the like of you that deprave and demoralize youth and prepare criminals for the gallows.'

More definitions

1. to deprive (a person or persons) of spirit, courage, discipline, etc.; destroy the morale of: The continuous barrage demoralized the infantry.

2. to throw (a person) into disorder or confusion; bewilder: We were so demoralized by that one wrong turn that we were lost for hours.

3. to corrupt or undermine the morals of.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be demoralised at times."

"fighters can be demoralised to radicals."

"fighters can be demoralised by losses."

"armies can be demoralised."

"forces can be demoralised."

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Origin

(demoralize)Late 18th century: from French démoraliser (a word of the French Revolution), from dé- (expressing reversal) + moral ‘moral’, from Latin moralis.