Dispirit Dis*pir"it, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dispirited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dispiriting}.] [Pref. dis- + spirit.] 1. To deprive of cheerful spirits; to depress the spirits of; to dishearten; to discourage. [1913 Webster]

Not dispirited with my afflictions. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

He has dispirited himself by a debauch. --Collier. [1913 Webster]

2. To distill or infuse the spirit of. [Obs. or R.] [1913 Webster]

This makes a man master of his learning, and dispirits the book into the scholar. --Fuller.

Syn: To dishearten; discourage; deject; damp; depress; cast down; intimidate; daunt; cow. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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