1. depress, deject, cast down, get down, dismay, dispirit, demoralize, demoralise, discourage

usage: lower someone's spirits; make downhearted; "These news depressed her"; "The bad state of her child's health demoralizes her"


1. demoralizing, demoralising, disheartening, dispiriting, discouraging (vs. encouraging)

usage: destructive of morale and self-reliance

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