What is the opposite of inspiring?

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Adjective
(uninspiring) Opposite of providing inspiration
“We can barely remember what Joe was talking about during his largely uninspiring speech.”
Adjective
(disheartening) Opposite of providing inspiration
“News of the downturn in the economy has been rather disheartening.”
Adjective
Opposite of causing emotion, excitement, and enthusiasm
Adjective
Opposite of denotes a constructive or productive feeling
“As a result of their unproductive response, we were unable to attain the information required to proceed.”
Adjective
Opposite of having great impact or influence
“We would end up an impotent and uninfluential nation, just one voice among the many.”
Adjective
Opposite of producing strong emotion, especially sadness or sympathy
“The poem depicts a character in unemotional scenes, and it affords a model of normal morality.”
Adjective
Opposite of exerting power over the minds or behavior of others
“The author's books were highly ineffective in shaping the thoughts and beliefs of his readers.”
Adjective
Opposite of giving someone support or confidence
Adjective
Opposite of full of emotion and vigor
Adjective
Opposite of causing emotion, excitement, and enthusiasm
Adjective
Opposite of inspiring or feeling hope and optimism
“He stayed several months longer than his father had expected, and when he returned home there was yet another discouraging conversation about his future.”
Adjective
Opposite of interestingly new or unusual
Verb
Opposite of to be triggering enthusiasm or eagerness
“The movie's plot was terrible and was boring us to death.”
Verb
Opposite of to be triggering a passionate feeling or reaction
“Harper was worked up at having lost her favorite doll, and her mother was in the process of calming her.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to suffuse with vigor, life, energy, or spirit
“The very image of the desolated metropolis was enough to dishearten me before I even entered the city itself.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for 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 present participle for 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.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for 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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