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To make someone feel disappointed or less hopeful - thesaurus

Synonyms

disappoint

verb

to make someone feel unhappy because something that they hoped for or expected did not happen or because someone or something was not as good as they expected

let down

to make someone disappointed by not doing something that they are expecting you to do

discourage

verb

to make someone feel less confident or hopeful

disillusion

verb

to make someone disappointed by showing them that someone or something is not as good as they had believed

demoralize

verb

to make someone lose confidence or hope

wear down

to make someone gradually lose their energy or confidence

get down

informal to make someone feel sad or lose hope

throw/pour cold water on something

to do or say something that spoils someone’s plans or enthusiasm for doing something

dash someone’s hopes

to make it impossible for someone to do what they hoped to do

cast a shadow over something

to make a situation seem less hopeful and more likely to end badly

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break

verb

to destroy someone’s confidence, determination, or happiness

bruise

verb

to harm someone’s reputation or confidence

bum out

mainly Americaninformal to annoy someone or make them disappointed

cut the ground from under someone’s feet

to spoil someone’s plans or achievements by doing something better than them or by doing it before them

deflate

verb

to make someone feel less confident or important

demolish

verb

to have a bad effect on someone’s feelings, or to spoil their plans

demoralise

a British spelling of demoralize

drag down

to make someone feel unhappy or less hopeful

knock back

British to refuse to accept someone or something

put a damper/dampener on something

to make people feel less enthusiastic or hopeful about something

scupper

verb

Britishinformal to spoil someone’s plans or hopes of success

shake

verb

to make something less strong, powerful, or confident

take the wind out of someone’s sails

to make someone feel less confident, usually by saying or doing something unexpected

weaken

verb

to make someone less determined or less certain

Antonyms

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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