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Verb: demoralize  di'mor-u,lIz or dee'mó-ru,lIz [N. Amer], di'mó-ru,lIz or dee'mó-ru,lIz [Brit]
  1. Corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
    "Socrates was accused of demoralizing young men";
    - corrupt, pervert, subvert, demoralise [Brit], debauch, debase, profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirect
  2. Lower someone's spirits; make downhearted
    "The bad state of her child's health demoralizes her";
    - depress, deject, cast down, get down, dismay, dispirit, demoralise [Brit]
  3. Confuse or put into disorder
    "the boss's behaviour demoralized everyone in the office";
    - demoralise [Brit]

Derived forms: demoralized, demoralizes, demoralizing

Type of: alter, baffle, beat, bedevil, befuddle, bewilder, change, confound, confuse, discombobulate [informal], discourage, dumbfound, flummox, fox, frustrate, fuddle, get, gravel, modify, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, throw, vex

Encyclopedia: Demoralize