• WordNet 3.6
    • adj dispirited filled with melancholy and despondency "gloomy at the thought of what he had to face","gloomy predictions","a gloomy silence","took a grim view of the economy","the darkening mood","lonely and blue in a strange city","depressed by the loss of his job","a dispirited and resigned expression on her face","downcast after his defeat","feeling discouraged and downhearted"
    • adj dispirited marked by low spirits; showing no enthusiasm "a dispirited and divided Party","reacted to the crisis with listless resignation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a dispirited Depressed in spirits; deprived of cheer or enthusiasm; disheartened; discouraged; daunted.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dispirited Indicating depression of spirits; discouraged; dejected.
    • dispirited Spiritless; tame; wanting vigor: as, a poor, dispirited style.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • p.adj Dispirited dejected: feeble, spiritless
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In literature:

During the Revolutionary War, General Washington's army was reduced at one time to great straits, and the people were greatly dispirited.
"Washington's Birthday" by Various
We reached the village about 9.5 on the 16th, fatigued and dispirited.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
It was Miriam Nesbit, whose actions were dispirited and showed no enthusiasm.
"Grace Harlowe's Sophomore Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
Two days before the opening she turned from a dispirited rehearsal to see Mabel standing in the wings.
"Love Stories" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
And at his sight the army of the daityas was suddenly dispirited on the field of battle.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Why, O tiger among men, dost thou become so dispirited in the midst of foes?
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
His best friends were dispirited, when the half-hour ended.
"Stephen A. Douglas" by Allen Johnson
A rapid and persistent pursuit would have created a complete rout of the now broken, weary, and dispirited Rebels.
"Thirteen Months in the Rebel Army" by William G. Stevenson
Thither the weary, dispirited column trudged all through the forenoon of December 10.
"A Handbook of the Boer War" by Gale and Polden, Limited
A dispiriting silence was maintained to the doors of a hotel.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson

In poetry:

Of inspirations and sinews...
They haven't dispirited us, but they've dispersed us,
Dissected... Wall and moat.
Displaced us, like eagles-
""Dis-stance: versts, miles"" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
I can hear the shrieking voices of the wind
Shudder across the waste, dispirited:
Surely death's silence shall awake the dead :
Shall woe not rule when joy and love have fled?
"The Awakening" by E J Rupert Atkinson
He remembered an old hut stood in the clearing,
And towards it he was slowly nearing,
And the hope of reaching it urged him on,
But he felt a trifle dispirited and woe-begone.
"Saved" by William Topaz McGonagall
This truth more plainly to discover,
Suppose your hero were a lover;
Though he before had gall and rage,
Which death or conquest must assuage,
He grows dispirited and low,
He hates the fight and shuns the foe.
"Alma; or, The Progress of the Mind. In Three Cantos. - Canto I." by Matthew Prior
Pale, dispirited Prince, with his chin on his hands, his nerves
tired out,
Watching and hardly seeing the trunk-curl approach and
clumsy, knee-lifting salaam
Of the hugest, oldest of beasts in the night and the fire-flare
"Elephant" by D H Lawrence
If you 'ave lost your 'aversack, your kit-bag or your pipe,
Your 'ousewife, soap or oily rag with which you clean your 'ipe,
Your belt or second pair o' socks, your lanyard or pull-through,
Oh, do not be dispirited, you'll get 'em in the stew!
"Stew" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

The Kentucky Senate race has been particularly childish and nasty — even by this year's dispiritingly low standards.
Dispirited Aggies hammered at home by Spartans.
Dispirited Aggies hammered at home by Spartans.
Ron Barber's win in Arizona House race a lift for dispirited Democrats.
Focus on yard signs dispiriting .
Oliver Letwin's comments on nudge unit are ' dispiriting '.
After 'top kill' fails, a dispiriting summer of oil, anger is ahead for Louisiana.
The Dispiriting Legacy of Dick Cheney The Nation.
State for Virginia after dispiriting loss to UNC.
WASHINGTON — At first glance, a batch of US economic data released Thursday looked dispiriting.
Some New Yorkers grew dispirited after days without power, water and heat and decided to get out.
Though most of the news out of Turkey in recent years has been dispiriting, the once-secular nation finally seems to be paying a price for its Islamist turn.
It's dispiriting that a film about the romantic life of Franklin D Roosevelt , who cultivated a small coterie of mistresses, should exhibit so little interest in what so engaged its hero: the actual women.
It's dispiriting that a film about the romantic life of Franklin D Roosevelt, who cultivated a small coterie of mistresses, should exhibit so little interest in what so engaged its hero: the actual women.
Indeed, this, from Alex Seiz Wald, on the Congressional response thus far, is rather dispiriting.