De*mor"al*ize (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Demoralized (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Demoralizing.] [F. d'emoraliser; pref. d'e- (L. dis- or de) + moraliser. See Moralize.]

To corrupt or undermine in morals; to destroy or lessen the effect of moral principles on; to render corrupt or untrustworthy in morals, in discipline, in courage, spirit, etc.; to weaken in spirit or efficiency.

The demoralizing example of profligate power and prosperous crime. Walsh.

The vices of the nobility had demoralized the army. Bancroft.


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