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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DISHEARTEN

"But I am not trying to dishearten anyone, Lieutenant," Weiss answered in astonishment.

The defeat did not dishearten him, for again Dalton covered the board with gold.

He said nothing, not wishing perhaps to dishearten his companion.

Laughter is a weapon that will dishearten the most persistent man-follower.

To beat a combatant is to disable or dishearten him for further fighting.

The incident was all that was needed to dishearten and disgust him.

While they dishearten the irresolute, they stimulate the brave.

The loss of their cannon will dishearten them, as well as lessen their power for evil.

To know it to a certainty, would only tend to unnerve and dishearten us.

He was of a fiery, warlike temperament, and nothing could daunt him or dishearten him.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s (first recorded in "Henry V"), from dis- "the opposite of" + hearten. Related: Disheartened; disheartening.

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