crushed spirits

See: damper
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These words should have touched Tom Driscoll, but if they did, that effect was obliterated by a stronger one--one which removed the heavy weight of fear which lay upon him, and gave his crushed spirit a most grateful rebound, and filled all his small soul with a deep sense of relief.
That act of rediscovery becomes a balm of healing that mends broken hearts, crushed spirits and even strained family ties.
Hirschberg though says crushed spirits were not behind his decision to leave, because "reverse discrimination had not been in existence".
Geraldine McEwan, with a deceptive smile and a vicious nature, leads a gang of nuns who perhaps thought they were saving souls but all you see here are crushed spirits.