dispirit 1640s; see DIS- (Cf. dis-) + SPIRIT (Cf. spirit). Related: Dispirited; dispiriting.

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  • Dispirit — Dis*pir it, v. t. [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. [1913 Webster] Not dispirited with my afflictions.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dispirit — index depress, discourage, dissuade, harass, intimidate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • dispirit — *discourage, dishearten, deject Analogous words: *depress, weigh Antonyms: inspirit Contrasted words: *encourage, hearten, embolden, cheer, nerve, steel …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • dispirit — [di spir′it] vt. to lower the spirits of; make sad, discouraged, or apathetic; depress; deject dispirited adj. dispiritedly adv …   English World dictionary

  • dispirit — transitive verb Etymology: dis + spirit Date: 1647 to deprive of morale or enthusiasm • dispirited adjective • dispiritedly adverb • dispiritedness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dispirit — /di spir it/, v.t. to deprive of spirit, hope, enthusiasm, etc.; depress; discourage; dishearten. [1635 45; DI 2 + SPIRIT] * * * …   Universalium

  • dispirit — verb Lower the morale of; make despondent; dishearten …   Wiktionary

  • dispirit — Synonyms and related words: beat down, cast down, chill, damp, dampen, dampen the spirits, darken, dash, deject, demoralize, depress, discourage, dishearten, disparage, knock down, lower, lower the spirits, oppress, press down, sadden, sink,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • dispirit — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. discourage, dishearten. See dejection. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb 1. To make less hopeful or enthusiastic: discourage, dishearten. See HELP. 2. To make sad or gloomy: deject, depress, oppress,… …   English dictionary for students

  • dispirit — dis·pir·it || dɪ spɪrɪt v. dishearten, discourage, cause to lose hope or enthusiasm …   English contemporary dictionary

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