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de·mor·al·ize / diˈmôrəˌlīz/ • v. [tr.] 1. [usu. as adj.] (demoralized) cause (someone) to lose confidence or hope; dispirit: the army was demoralized and scattered. 2. archaic corrupt the morals of (someone). DERIVATIVES: de·mor·al·i·za·tion / -ˌmôrələˈzāshən/ n. de·mor·al·iz·ing adj. de·mor·al·iz·ing·ly adv.

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demoralize corrupt the morals of XVIII; lower the morale of XIX. — F. démoraliser; see DE- 7, MORAL, -IZE.

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