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demoralize


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Demoralize  \De*mor"al*ize\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Demoralized}; 
  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Demoralizing}.]  [F.  d['e]moraliser;  pref. 
  d['e]-  (L.  dis-  or  de)  +  moraliser.  See  {Moralize}.] 
  To  corrupt  or  undermine  in  morals;  to  destroy  or  lessen  the 
  effect  of  moral  principles  on  to  render  corrupt  or 
  untrustworthy  in  morals,  in  discipline,  in  courage,  spirit, 
  etc.;  to  weaken  in  spirit  or  efficiency. 
 
  The  demoralizing  example  of  profligate  power  and 
  prosperous  crime.  --Walsh. 
 
  The  vices  of  the  nobility  had  demoralized  the  army. 
  --Bancroft. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  demoralize 
  v  1:  corrupt  morally  [syn:  {corrupt},  {pervert},  {debauch},  {debase}, 
  {profane},  {vitiate},  {deprave},  {misdirect}] 
  2:  lower  someone's  spirits;  make  downhearted;  "These  news 
  depressed  her";  "The  bad  state  of  her  child's  health 
  demoralizes  her"  [syn:  {depress},  {deject},  {cast  down},  {get 
  down},  {dismay},  {dispirit}]  [ant:  {elate}] 




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