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English verb: demoralise

1. demoralise (social) corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality


SamplesDebauch the young people with wine and women.
Socrates was accused of corrupting young men.
Do school counselors subvert young children?.
Corrupt the morals.


Synonymscorrupt, debase, debauch, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, profane, subvert, vitiate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)bastardise, bastardize, carnalise, carnalize, infect, lead astray, lead off, poison, sensualise, sensualize, suborn

2. demoralise (emotion) lower someone's spirits; make downhearted


SamplesThese news depressed her.
The bad state of her child's health demoralizes her.


Synonymscast down, deject, demoralize, depress, dismay, dispirit, get down


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)discourage


Narrower (hyponym)chill


Antonymselate, intoxicate, uplift, lift up, pick up









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