2. bewilderment, confusion, fluster, ruffle, disturbance, perturbation, disconcertment, discomfiture; agitation, upset, Inf. dither, Inf. tizzy; fright, fear, trepidation, panic, rout.
3. corruption, debauchedness, perversion, depravedness, depravity, depravation, vitiation, lowering, debasement; adulteration, contamination, pollution, spoiling, defilement. demoralize, v. 1. destroy the morale of, take the fight out of, take the heart out of, take the spirit out of, Inf. take the spunk out of, Inf. take the starch out of, Dial, take the tuck out of; dispirit, dishearten, daunt, subdue, break down, unman; crush, render powerless, paralyze; cripple, devitalize, enervate, weaken, enfeeble; depress,'deject.
2. bewilder, confuse, fluster, ruffle, disturb, perturb, shake or shake up, disconcert, unnerve, discomfit; agitate, upset, frighten, panic, throw into a panic, rout.
3. undermine the morals of, corrupt, debauch, pervert, deprave, vitiate, lower, debase; adulterate, contaminate, pollute, spoil, defile. demoralized, adj. 1. spiritless, dispirited, disheartened, Archaic, heartless; daunted, subdued, broken, unmanned, crushed; powerless, paralyzed, crippled, devitalized, enervated, weakened; depressed, dejected, downcast.
2. bewildered, confused, flustered, ruffled, disturbed, perturbed, shaken, disconcerted, unnerved, discomfited; agitated, upset, Inf. in a dither, Inf. in a tizzy; frightened, afraid, scared, panicked, routed.
3. corrupt, bad, sinful, wicked, immoral, dissolute, profligate; debauched, perverted, depraved, reprobate; vitiated, debased, base, low, degenerate, degraded; adulterated, contaminated, polluted, spoiled, defiled. demote, v. downgrade, lower or reduce in rank, degrade, humble, Inf. take or knock down a peg or two; declass, break or strip of rank, disrate, cashier, Mil. drum out, Mil. SI. bust, Inf. kick upstairs; depose, unseat, dethrone, Rare, disenthrone, uncrown, defrock or unfrock; oust, dispossess, displace, disbar, expel, exile; dismiss or remove from office, discharge, Inf rif, Inf. fire, SI. get rid of, SI. can, SI. sack, SI. give the boot, give the pink slip, Inf give [s.o.] his walking papers, SI. turn out, SI. bounce, demulcent, adj. soothing, mollifying, appeasing, pacifying, calming, sedative, comforting; emollient, softening, relaxing, easing; relieving, alleviative, alleviatory, assuasive, mitigative, mitigatory, lenitive; mild, gentle, soft, demur, v. 1. object, take exception, be unwilling, dissent, disapprove; protest, remonstrate, expostulate, wrangle, dispute, contest.
2. hesitate, scruple, boggle, cavil, hang back, doubt; waver, waffle, fudge, dodge, duck; hold fire, shrink from, shy at, pause.
-n. 3. objection, dissent, remonstrance, demurral; hesitation, doubt, unwillingness, qualm, scruple, misgiving. demure, adj. 1. shy, meek, modest, reserved, retiring, diffident, bashful, coy; reticent, taciturn, quiet; timid, timorous, fearful, shrinking, like a shrinking violet, blushing.
2. undemonstrative, impassive, indifferent; unpre-sumptuous, introverted, withdrawn, self-effacing, constrained.
3. puritanical, prim, priggish, prudish, goody-goody, prissy, finicky, overmodest, self-righteous, affected; chaste, virtuous, virginal, strait-laced.
4. sober, sedate, staid, grave, serious, solemn; aus-
den, n. 1. lair, cave, hollow, dugout, hole, grotto; niche, nook, nest, recess; covert, aerie, roost, hive, nidus.