1. [syn: depress, deject, cast down, get down, dismay, dispirit, demoralize, demoralise]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
Not dispirited with my afflictions. --Dryden.
He has dispirited himself by a debauch. --Collier.
2. To distill or infuse the spirit of. [Obs. or R.]
This makes a man master of his learning, and
dispirits the book into the scholar. --Fuller.
Syn: To dishearten; discourage; deject; damp; depress; cast
down; intimidate; daunt; cow.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: lower someone's spirits; make downhearted; "These news
depressed her"; "The bad state of her child's health
demoralizes her" [syn: depress, deject, cast down,
get down, dismay, dispirit, demoralize,
demoralise] [ant: elate, intoxicate, lift up, pick
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
23 Moby Thesaurus words for "dispirit":
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, weigh heavy upon, weigh upon