dispirit

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Dispirit \Dis*pir"it\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Dispirited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dispiriting}.] [Pref. dis- + spirit.]

1. To deprive of cheerful spirits; to depress the spirits of; to dishearten; to discourage.

Not dispirited with my afflictions. --Dryden.

He has dispirited himself by a debauch. --Collier.

2. To distill or infuse the spirit of. [Obs. or R.]

This makes a man master of his learning, and dispirits the book into the scholar. --Fuller.

Syn: To dishearten; discourage; deject; damp; depress; cast down; intimidate; daunt; cow.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

dispirit

verb

1: 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}, {demoralize}, {demoralise}] [ant: {elate}, {intoxicate}, {lift up}, {pick up}, {uplift}]


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