If something demoralizes you, it makes you feel bad or hopeless. When your soccer team was trounced by the last-place team in the league, the loss 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 other 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

v lower someone's spirits; make downhearted

“The bad state of her child's health demoralizes her”
cast down, deject, demoralise, depress, dismay, dispirit, get down
elate, intoxicate, lift up, pick up, uplift
fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
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
bastardise, bastardize
change something so that its value declines; for example, art forms
incite to commit a crime or an evil deed
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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”
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bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw
be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly

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