demoralize

The verb demoralize describes the actions of someone or something that makes you feel bad or hopeless, like the horrible loss to the last-place team that seemed to demoralize everyone — from players to coaches to fans.

Demoralize can also mean what it looks like, "to remove the morals of." For example, parents worry that R-rated movies will demoralize their children. In order words, they fear kids will lose their sense of what's right and wrong if they see glamorous actors indulging in bad behavior.

DEFINITIONS OF: demoralize

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v lower someone's spirits; make downhearted

“The bad state of her child's health demoralizes her”
Synonyms:
cast down, deject, demoralise, depress, dismay, dispirit, get down
Antonyms:
elate, intoxicate, lift up, pick up, uplift
fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
Types:
chill
depress or discourage
Type of:
discourage
deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged

v corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

Synonyms:
corrupt, debase, debauch, demoralise, deprave, misdirect, pervert, profane, subvert, vitiate
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carnalise, carnalize, sensualise, sensualize
debase through carnal gratification
infect
corrupt with ideas or an ideology
lead astray, lead off
teach immoral behavior to
poison
spoil as if by poison
bastardise, bastardize
change something so that its value declines; for example, art forms
suborn
incite to commit a crime or an evil deed
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v confuse or put into disorder

“the boss's behavior demoralized everyone in the office”
Synonyms:
demoralise
Type of:
bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw
be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly

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