What is the opposite of inspire?

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Opposite of to suffuse with vigor, life, energy, or spirit
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“The very image of the desolated metropolis was enough to dishearten me before I even entered the city itself.”
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Opposite of to give rise to
“Surgical rooms are kept at a certain temperature to discourage the growth of bacteria that can cause surgical site infections.”
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Opposite of to infuse into the mind
“We simply declared that a resort to arms would plunge the country into civil war, and extinguish all hope of an amicable settlement.”
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Opposite of to provide (someone) with an understanding, usually thought-provoking in nature
“His choice of words was incredibly perplexing and worked to confuse many of the journalists.”
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Opposite of to excite or arouse a given emotional state
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Opposite of to arouse or trigger, especially feelings or emotions
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Opposite of to evoke or draw out (a reaction, answer, or fact) from someone
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Opposite of to sow or place in one's consciousness
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Opposite of to give or be a reason for a course of action
“His past weight issues were enough to discourage him from developing bad eating habits.”
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Opposite of to rouse or inspire a particular feeling or thoughts
“When you're a nurse, you see so much sadness and pain on a daily basis that you almost have to desensitize yourself to it just to stay sane.”
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Opposite of to draw up air audibly through the nose
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Opposite of to wet or stain an object completely with some physical quality
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Opposite of to make a strong, lasting, or favorable impression on
“It takes a cold-hearted person to be unaffected by that tragic story.”
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Opposite of to produce or give rise to
“Without the Council of the Elders, unruly, power-hungry politicians will destroy the rebellion from the inside.”
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Opposite of to trigger enthusiasm or eagerness
“The movie's plot was terrible and only served to bore us to death.”
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Opposite of to trigger a passionate feeling or reaction
“Harper was worked up at having lost her favorite doll, but her mother would do her best to calm her.”
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Opposite of to teach, train or educate in a given field
“Superficial self-help jargon, abusive application of talk-show psychology, and inaccurate information would misguide her because of her own well-concealed insecurity.”
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Opposite of to instill courage into
“The dragon's loud roar served to startle the enemy soldiers.”
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Opposite of to have an emotional effect on
“All these sappy romantic comedies unaffect me.”
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Opposite of to give force or effect toward
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