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dishearten

dis·heart·en

dishearten

pronunciation:
dIs har tn
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: disheartened, disheartening, disheartens
definition: to depress or destroy the hope or confidence of; discourage; dispirit.
After getting several rejections, he was disheartened and thought he'd never get his writing published.
synonyms:
daunt, deject, discourage, dismay, dispirit, unnerve
antonyms:
embolden, encourage, exhilarate, hearten
similar words:
chill, cow, crush, depress, distress, intimidate
derivations: dishearteningly (adv.), disheartenment (n.)
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The word dishearten contains the following part:
dis- Latin prefix that means not; apart; reverse, negate
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The prefix dis- occurs in English attached to Latin roots, as in dissent , but also forms words in English by attaching to verbs (dishearten ) and nouns (disbelief ). dis- has two other forms, as the "s" sound in dis- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms dif- and di-3.
synonyms:
de-, un-