dispiriting dispiriting  /dɪs ˈpɪ rɪ tɪŋ/


  • (adj) destructive of morale and self-reliance


  1. By now most Americans are all too used to the dispiriting reports of the security situation in Afghanistan.
  2. That's what makes Beat the House oddly dispiriting: No matter how good you think you're getting, you know the odds are still against you.
  3. What started out as a season of unusual opportunity for third-party candidates is coming to a dispiriting close.


  1. Seattle Sounders at a loss after collapsing at RSL: "There is no excuse," says Eddie Johnson

    They said, this time, it would be different. It wasn’t. In not so dissimilar fashion as their “rock-bottom” loss earlier this year, the Seattle Sounders again fell in dispiriting fashion at Real Salt Lake on Saturday . The 2-0 scoreline was actually worse than their earlier loss and it included an almost shocking shot disparity — 17-2 — as the Sounders tied a franchise low with just two attempts ...
    on June 23, 2013     Source: Major League Soccer

  2. Cards plan on being creative in using Fitzgerald

    07:09 AM ET 06.19 | So dispiriting was the Cardinals ' season that it helped drag Larry Fitzgerald down with it. Enter new coach Bruce Arians, who is focused on returning Fitzgerald to greatness with the help of quarterback Carson Palmer . During a Tuesday appearance on NFL Netowrk's "NFL Total Access," NFL.com's Ian Rapoport discussed a recent conversation with Arians.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Sports Illustrated

  3. The 10 Worst Majors for Finding a Good Job

    It has become a dispiriting summer ritual: Thousands of students graduate from college every year only to discover they still don’t have what it takes to land a decent-paying job. But they do have a huge bill for college that … Continue reading ?
    on June 18, 2013     Source: The Exchange via Yahoo! Finance


  1. "A withdrawal date only emboldens al-Qaida and the Taliban, while dispiriting our Afghan partners and making it less likely that they will risk their lives to take our side in this fight," said John McCain.
    on Dec 2, 2009 By: John McCain Source: Voice of America

  2. "We've been working really hard for the last few weeks, starting with the last three Tests and, after the Twenty20 defeat, the guys have been putting it in really hard," said captain Andrew Strauss. "That's quite dispiriting if you don't get...
    on Mar 21, 2009 By: Andrew Strauss Source: This is Nottingham

  3. Farrow said her convoy stopped on a seemingly desolate road in northwestern Central African Republic after passing "burned village after burned village after burned village _ it was numbing and dispiriting."
    on Feb 27, 2007 By: Mia Farrow Source: Washington Post

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