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disheartened

adjective

Definition: having lost confidence, hope, or enthusiasm

Synonyms: daunted, dispirited, discouraged, depressed, dismayed

Antonyms: heartened, encouraged

Tips: You can remember the word disheartened by thinking of it as describing someone who has lost heart, just as someone who is dispirited has lost spirit.

Usage Examples:

She had hoped to get into law school, but when she received her poor exam scores, she was severely disheartened. (discouraged, dismayed)

Exhausted and disheartened, the young doctor went home wishing he could have done more for the patient. (dispirited, depressed)

The disheartened athlete didn't know how to come to terms with failing to make the Olympic team. (discouraged)

I was disheartened when I realized that my husband completely forgot about my birthday. (dismayed, daunted)


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