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Demoralize   /dɪmˈɔrəlˌaɪz/   Listen

(past & past part. demoralized; pres. part. demoralizing)
Corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality.  Synonyms: corrupt, debase, debauch, demoralise, deprave, misdirect, pervert, profane, subvert, vitiate.  "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men" , "Do school counselors subvert young children?" , "Corrupt the morals"
Lower someone's spirits; make downhearted.  Synonyms: cast down, deject, demoralise, depress, dismay, dispirit, get down.  "The bad state of her child's health demoralizes her"
Confuse or put into disorder.

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"Demoralize" Quotes from Famous Books

... state of intoxication becomes an ungovernable maniac, who in the violence of his fury will rush into any excess and commit any crime. At the epoch which our history has now reached, the terrible vice threatened to demoralize the entire country, and to destroy the fruit of all the efforts made to convert the savages. Writing to her son on the subject, the Mother of the Incarnation says, "We have at present to contend with an evil ...
— The Life of the Venerable Mother Mary of the Incarnation • "A Religious of the Ursuline Community"

... the men it encountered. In a fairly short time, it learned enough to understand what was planned by the criminals; and it arrived at precisely your own conclusion ... that it might be possible to reduce and demoralize the gangs to the extent that they would no longer be able to carry out their plan. It began a systematic series of attacks on them ...
— Lion Loose • James H. Schmitz

Words linked to "Demoralize" :   lead off, sensualize, carnalize, fuddle, bastardize, alter, confuse, suborn, corrupt, carnalise, bastardise, chill, befuddle, discombobulate, fox, confound, elate, discourage, poison, throw, bedevil, sensualise, modify, lead astray, change, demoralization, infect

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