(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. disconcert, dishearten; disorganize, confuse; corrupt, deprave. See impotence, dejection, improbity.Ant., boost, encourage.
(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. dispirit, daunt, unnerve, destroy the morale of; see discourage 1 , frighten 1 , weaken 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v.
[di MOR uh lize]
to sap one's morale or confidence.
It will utterly demoralize the team if they suffer one more loss.
SYN.: deflate, dishearten, discourage, sap, *take the wind out of one's sails, *take the fight out of, *take the starch out of, crush, undermine, shake one's confidence, dispirit.
ANT.: encourage, hearten, puff up
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To ruin utterly in character or quality: animalize, bastardize, bestialize, brutalize, canker, corrupt, debase, debauch, deprave, pervert, stain, vitiate, warp. See CLEAN, HELP.

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