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
  1. verb
    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
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    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
  2. verb
    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
    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
  3. verb
    confuse or put into disorder
    “the boss's behavior demoralized everyone in the office”
    synonyms: demoralise
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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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