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.
v lower someone's spirits; make downhearted
depress or discourage
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deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged
v corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
- corrupt, debase, debauch, demoralise, deprave, misdirect, pervert, profane, subvert, vitiate
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carnalise, carnalize, sensualise, sensualize
debase through carnal gratification
corrupt with ideas or an ideology
lead astray, lead off
teach immoral behavior to
spoil as if by poison
change something so that its value declines; for example, art forms
incite to commit a crime or an evil deed