• WordNet 3.6
    • adj disheartening destructive of morale and self-reliance
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word.”
  • Dean William R. Inge
    “Let us remember, when we are inclined to be disheartened, that the private soldier is a poor judge of the fortunes of a great battle.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “No one has a prosperity so high and firm that two or three words can't dishearten it.”
  • Joseph Joubert
    Joseph Joubert
    “Without the spiritual world the material world is a disheartening enigma.”


In literature:

Even this rebuff did not dishearten Britain.
"The Expansion of Europe" by Ramsay Muir
None had come; and as the hours passed he yielded to the most disheartening fancies.
"The Valley of Decision" by Edith Wharton
He would never lose courage or be in any way disheartened.
"The Freedom of Life" by Annie Payson Call
Thought that rises encourages where it disheartens.
"Wisdom and Destiny" by Maurice Maeterlinck
Disheartened by this calamity, John Crockett made another move.
"David Crockett: His Life and Adventures" by John S. C. Abbott
After exchanging one or two heavy blows with his foe Woof's courage returned, and he determined to dishearten his adversary by bluster.
"American Fairy Tales" by L. Frank Baum
On my arrival at St. Louis I felt somewhat forlorn and disheartened at the turn affairs had taken.
"The Memoirs of General P. H. Sheridan, Complete" by General Philip Henry Sheridan
In turn they became disheartened, and would have been glad to submit without compromise.
"Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Complete" by Ulysses S. Grant
Very slowly, more bent than when he came, lean, hungry, and disheartened, he made his way back to the station.
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
And even then the bees will not be disheartened or bewildered; even then they will not abandon their mission.
"The Life of the Bee" by Maurice Maeterlinck

In poetry:

Tears without reason
in the disheartened heart.
What? no trace of treason?
This grief's without reason.
"Tears Fall In My Heart" by Paul Verlaine
Dishearten'd and despairing, he
Had often sigh'd alone,
Not thinking that in other ways
His spirit might have grown.
"Ode To Man" by Thomas Frederick Young
Till airs from the needle-thicks brought me
A low lamentation,
As 'twere of a tree-god disheartened,
Perplexed, or in pain.
"The Mother Mourns." by Thomas Hardy
By his evening fire the artist
Pondered o'er his secret shame;
Baffled, weary, and disheartened,
Still he mused, and dreamed of fame.
"By The Fireside : Gaspar Becerra" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The sickle hath performed its work,
The storm—gusts sweep the aspens bare,
Careering clouds and shadows mirk
Cow the disheartened air.
"Free" by Alfred Austin
Disheartened hope and wearying care
And dark distress its smiles control,
And, like an angel, minister
To the bright sunshine of the soul.
"Religious Comfort" by John Bowring

In news:

A Disheartening Disservice to Schools.
DCSS employees say they are disheartened and frustrated by the flip-flopping from state investigators.
How to view a disheartening election.
I'm 46 years old, and I have never been more disheartened or discouraged by an election than I was last week.
Jacks more Jekyll as they suffer another disheartening loss.
A disheartening look at why the Royals aren't like the Nationals.
Disheartening news for teachers.
Veto of McClintock senior's bill is called ' disheartening .
Your "Our View" section on natural gas and MIT's alleged "liberal extremism" was incredibly disheartening .
College flag decision disheartening .
The recent decision by the president of Muskingum College concerning the American flag is very disheartening .
Few things are more disheartening to the boatowner than staring at the fuzzy edge of broken fiberglass .
A recent string of disheartening economic reports and soft sales trends at some of the restaurant industry's biggest chains is mounting evidence that the economic tide has not yet turned and the long wait for recovery continues.
Certainly the news from the North Carolina Justice Center that there has been little improvement in the achievement gap in North Carolina public schools over the last decade is disheartening.
After disheartening loss, UO seeks rejuvenated effort Following a players-only meeting and a two-day break, Ducks hope to play more as a team tonight against WSU.

In science:

The process could be disheartening, except that there are enough clever and determined people involved that somehow we continue to make progress.
Summary and Outlook for 9th International Symposium on Heavy Flavor Physics
It is disheartening to see them stumbling about in the dark, doing this and that, but never really striving to get to the crux of the matter.
True Peer Review
It is disheartening to see that researchers are actually turned off by spirited but de finitely polite debate .
True Peer Review
It is disheartening that we have set up a system which discourages the pursuit of knowledge.
True Peer Review
This result was disheartening as during the conception of this work we were expecting to find more complex implications.
Decting Errors in Reversible Circuits With Invariant Relationships