I want to get across the point that I was no longer enthusiastic about something:

When I walked in the room I was disenthused by what I saw.

AFAIK, disenthused isn't a word.

Edit: Chasly was right about my question being more vague than I intended. Lots of great answers which can only be discriminated by criteria I failed to include in the original post. I will not repeat the mistake for future postings.

Thank you all for the help. I've marked the answer that best fits my situation as "accepted", but future Googlers should scroll through the list of answers for their needs.

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    Look up synonyms for apathetic, disappointed, uninterested or not excited.
    – mkennedy
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 18:59
  • I saw this question and thought 'apathetic' too
    – Ajaypayne
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 19:26
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    One (perhaps unexpected) option in the example you give is sobered, not in the sense of "sobered up" (that is, no longer drunk) but in the sense of "suddenly aware of the true dimensions and seriousness of the situation or challenge."
    – Sven Yargs
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 21:47
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    In my opinion, disenthused is a perfectly legitimate word. In fact, I rather like it. Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 22:20
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    @goblin I like it too; the connotation my mind has is that it means going from enthused to unenthused due to the usage of 'dis-' in some situations as in indication of losing state. While not true for all instances of 'dis-', in this case it works well as a transitional form for enthused and unenthused.
    – JAB
    Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 14:31

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You may use dispirit:

  • Cause (someone) to lose enthusiasm or hope: (ODO)

    • the army was dispirited by the uncomfortable winter conditions

or disappoint:

  • fail to satisfy the hope, desire, or expectation of. (AHD)
  • I was dispirited / disappointed by what I saw.
  • With a similar connotation than "dispirited": desperate
    – Graffito
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 22:38
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    Dispirit fits my specific scenario best, but disappoint, disenchant and other top suggestions will certainly help future viewers. Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 16:06

Unenthused is a real word, at least in British English.


  • Example: "When I walked into the room and saw such-and-so, I felt distinctly unenthused." Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 1:06
  • Just a data point, but I'm an American and I also use unenthused on occasion and have never had anyone look at me funny. However, I do talk a little differently than the normal person, so it's probably not all that common in the vernacular.
    – Mordred
    Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 17:07

A possible word is dishearten:

: to cause (a person or group of people) to lose hope, enthusiasm, or courage : to discourage (someone)

(The definition makes it a synonym of Josh61's dispirit.)

When I walked in the room I was disheartened by what I saw.


You may consider disenchanted, even if disappointed is a better fit for your sentence.

Definition: no longer happy or satisfied with something. If you are disenchanted with something, you are disappointed with it and no longer believe that it is good or worthwhile (synonyms: disappointed, dissatisfied).

EDIT - definition from Merriam-Webster and Reverso dictionnary.

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    This is the best answer: a push down from +1 to 0. The alternatives so far suggested mean (or usually mean) from somewhere above 0 to -1. Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 22:38
  • If that definition is not one of your own making, please supply a reference and a link for where you copypasta'd it from.
    – tchrist
    Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 21:46

I think the word underwhelmed would suit your sentence. From the Macmillan Dictionary entry:

Not at all impressed or excited. Not feeling excited or enthusiastic. Bored, restless, apathetic.

When I walked into the room, I was underwhelmed by what I saw.


Really you haven't given us enough information to be certain. That is why you are gathering guesses. Here's mine:

When I walked in the room I was demotivated by what I saw.


to make someone less ​enthusiastic about a ​job:

She was very demotivated by being told she had little ​chance of being ​promoted.

Cambridge Dictionaries Online


I like some of the suggestions made by the others. Additionally:-

  1. Deflated (in spirit)- this is idiomatic but somewhat casual

  2. Disillusioned - this is stronger


Possibly, jaded?

feeling or showing a lack of interest and excitement caused by having done or experienced too much of something


  • that sounds like something that you did made you "disenthused" which is not the case of the OP, something about the room made them "disenthused"
    – Malachi
    Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 21:56

Nonplussed can work as well. As defined in Oxford Dictionaries Online:

(Of a person) surprised and confused so much that they are unsure how to react.


A good word that indicates reduction of enthusiasm is discouraged.

  • encouraged and enthusiastic are two very different words, so their negatives would also be very different in meaning.
    – Malachi
    Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 21:54
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    +1 to negate what I consider an unreasonable downvote. In my opinion, discouraged is a perfectly good suggestion as a fill-in-the-blank word in the questioner's example sentence. This particular answer would be stronger if you included the relevant dictionary definition of the term, but it's not a worthless answer in any case. Merriam-Webster, for example, equates one sense of discourage with dishearten, and one of the other answers to this question has received 15 upvotes for suggesting disheartened as the answer to the question.
    – Sven Yargs
    Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 23:56

When I walked into the room I felt turned off by what I saw.

 Turn off:

 a. To affect with dislike, displeasure, or revulsion: That song really turns me off.

 b. To affect with boredom: The play turned the audience off.

 c. To lose or cause to lose interest; withdraw: turning off to materialism.

 d. To cease paying attention to: The student turned off the boring lecture and daydreamed.

(American Heritage)

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