demoralize demoralize  /dɪ ˈmɔ rə ˌlaɪz/


  1. (v) lower someone's spirits; make downhearted
  2. (v) confuse or put into disorder
  3. (v) corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality


  1. New sensitivity training at the office focuses on all the little ways a tone-deaf manager can demoralize a staff.
  2. Plus, Arafat figures the violence will demoralize the Israelis and soften their positions at the negotiating table.
  3. In the world of international terrorism, children and schools are considered soft targets, providing high visibility for terrible acts that enrage and demoralize the civilized world.


  • Contract negotiations stall at Hanford cheese plant

    HANFORD — Union efforts to get a labor contract at a Marquez Brothers Hanford cheese plant have stalled, with accusations flying that the company is using stalling tactics to demoralize workers.
    on August 2, 2013     Source: The Hanford Sentinel


  1. "I believe setting a deadline for a withdrawal would demoralize the Iraqi people, would encourage killers across the broader Middle East, and send a signal that America will not keep its commitments," said President Bush. "Setting a deadline...
    on May 1, 2007 By: President Bush Source: Small Gov Times

  2. "Enemies of the Islamic system fabricated various rumors about death and health to demoralize the Iranian nation, but they did not know that they are not dealing with only one person in Iran. They are facing a nation," Khamenei said.
    on Feb 8, 2007 By: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "There were still some testy moments out there, especially playing a tiebreaker after you serve for a set," Blake said. "That can demoralize a lot of players sometimes."
    on Jul 15, 2008 By: James Blake Source: International Herald Tribune

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