Definitions of disheartening

  1. Discouraging.

Usage examples for disheartening

  1. Revolving these somewhat disheartening matters in his mind, he passed easily and leisurely along the whole length of Oxford Street. – Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1. by Samuel Warren
  2. For several months they had therefore vibrated between their own sanguine hopes and their oracle's disheartening doubts; and even when the truth was manifest, a sort of vague tremor took possession of their mind, as to what Lady Maclaughlan would think of it. – Marriage by Susan Edmonstone Ferrier
  3. But it must be more than disheartening to realise that your work, however good it may be, will never reach the printer's hands. – From Paris to New York by Land by Harry de Windt
  4. " As one courier after another returned with this same disheartening report, the terror and despair were such as to beggar description. – Elsie at Nantucket by Martha Finley
  5. The wind was cold and disheartening. – The White Peacock by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  6. For a time I felt as if no nests could come to anything; the number that had been destroyed during the season was disheartening. – A-Birding on a Bronco by Florence A. Merriam
  7. The scene was so disheartening that Cyril did not leave the house again for another fortnight. – When London Burned by G. A. Henty
  8. Mr. Spooner, since that short, disheartening note had been sent to him by Lord Chiltern, had not been seen at Harrington. – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  9. There were long, disheartening moments of twisting and struggling to fit into that strange, vicious insect brain. – Man of Many Minds by E. Everett Evans
  10. It's disheartening to see you picking at a few beans and drinking soda water. – The Philanderer by George Bernard Shaw
  11. There is scarcely anything more disheartening to a child than this. – Heart Talks by Charles Wesley Naylor
  12. She must feel the tacit and even unconscious irony of his attitude towards her in her enterprise, and the finer her make the crueller and the more humiliating and disheartening this must be. – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  13. 1840- 1860 Nothing in the history of women's organizations in the last century leaves a more disheartening impression than the want of continuity in the struggle, although there was never a break nor a let- up in the conditions of low wages, interminably long hours, and general poverty of existence which year in and year out were the lot of the wage- earning women in the manufacturing districts. – The Trade Union Woman by Alice Henry
  14. It was disheartening to hear that hope, at her age, began and ended within such narrow limits as these. – The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins
  15. The results of the general election showed that the Conservatives had made a considerable addition to their numbers in the House of Commons, but showed also that they were still in a disheartening minority. – A History of the Four Georges and of William IV, Volume IV (of 4) by Justin McCarthy and Justin Huntly McCarthy
  16. It is disheartening in these days of splendid progress, when we had hoped that war was for ever banished from the world, to find that humanity has yet to endure the old horrors once more. – The Dominion in 1983 by Ralph Centennius
  17. Brief as was the time which had elapsed, the old hall presented a different appearance to Hansford, from that which it maintained when he last left it under such disheartening circumstances. – Hansford: A Tale of Bacon's Rebellion by St. George Tucker
  18. At the altar the baby was placed in his proud father's arms, and received his first cold and disheartening reception into the Puritan Church. – Customs and Fashions in Old New England by Alice Morse Earle