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dishearten (verb) discourage; make someone lose hope or confidence.

A defeat or a failure may dishearten a person; that is, it may make the person lose hope of success in further attempts. A failure disheartens a person if it makes them lose confidence in themselves, and stop them from trying further.

  • The various impediments Jonathan had faced in his preparation for the multi-million dollar project did not dishearten him and he went on to complete the project.
  • Kevin never felt disheartened and nursed his father back to health, even when the doctors were expressing serious doubts about his recovery.
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