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Disenheartening

derivation adjective
'disheartening'
 
“Disenheartening” is also a commonly-used word that is not technically “correct” grammatically. It has the same meaning as “disheartening,” which makes sense because most users of the first are probably equating it to the second. “Disenheartening” is also a commonly-used word that is not technically “correct” grammatically. It has the same meaning as “disheartening,” which makes sense because most users of the first are probably equating it to the second.
Etymology : It is formed by the addition of the prefix ‘-en’ to ‘disheartening’ which is actually a word - and probably the word people are thinking of when they use “disenheartening.” ‘En’ is a common prefix, found in words such as “enlightening” which seems like a similar type of word.
Source : “Getting D’s on the last two tests was really disenheartening;” paraphrased from spoken language. Oct. 2016.
Last modified: 3 December 2016


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