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de·mor·al·ize  (d-môr-lz, -mr-)
tr.v. de·mor·al·ized, de·mor·al·iz·ing, de·mor·al·iz·es
1. To undermine the confidence or morale of; dishearten: an inconsistent policy that demoralized the staff.
2. To put into disorder; confuse.
3. To debase the morals of; corrupt.

de·moral·i·zation (--l-zshn) n.
de·moral·izer n.
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Adj.1.demoralized - made less hopeful or enthusiastic; "desperate demoralized people looking for work"; "felt discouraged by the magnitude of the problem"; "the disheartened instructor tried vainly to arouse their interest"
pessimistic - expecting the worst possible outcome

adjective disheartened, undermined, discouraged, broken, depressed, crushed, weakened, subdued, unnerved, unmanned, dispirited, downcast, sick as a parrot (informal) the legitimate grievances of a demoralized workforce
demoralized [dɪˈmɒrəlaɪzd] demoralised (British) adj (= dispirited) [person] → démoralisé(e)
demoralized [dɪˈmɒrəˌlaɪzd] adjdemoralizzato/a

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ONCE OUT OF THE DIRECT PATH OF THE ANIMAL, fear of it left me, but another emotion as quickly gripped me--hope of escape that the demoralized condition of the guards made possible for the instant.
It was pitiful to see a creature so terrified, so unnerved, so demoralized.
He slapped old friends on the back and asked them if the stumps were coming away easily; he talked nonsense concerning labor and the inalienable rights of elephants to a long "nooning"; and, wandering to and fro, he thoroughly demoralized the garden till sundown, when he returned to his picket for food.
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