- to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten; dispirit.
- to dissuade (usually followed by from).
- to obstruct by opposition or difficulty; hinder: Low prices discourage industry.
- to express or make clear disapproval of; frown upon: to discourage the expression of enthusiasm.
- to become discouraged: a person who discourages easily.
Origin of discourage
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1. daunt, depress, deject, overawe, cow, abash.
1. Discourage, dismay, intimidate mean to dishearten or frighten. To discourage is to dishearten by expressing disapproval or by suggesting that a contemplated action or course will probably fail: He was discouraged from going into business. To dismay is to dishearten completely: Her husband's philandering dismayed her. To intimidate is to frighten, as by threats of force, violence, or dire consequences: to intimidate a witness.
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Examples from the Web for discourage
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And when he left Miles, starting out, everybody tried to discourage him.The Stacks: John Coltrane’s Mighty Musical Quest
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He said this was to discourage that pernicious class of men, the inventors.
The piece which the mastiff had torn from his hose did not discourage Boxtel.The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
Of course, all these delays were calculated to discourage him and bend his will.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Here I had a little alarm, which did not, however, discourage me.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
But I will not insist upon this, for I do not wish needlessly to discourage you.Theaetetus
- to deprive of the will to persist in something
- to inhibit; preventthis solution discourages rust
- to oppose by expressing disapproval
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Word Origin and History for discourage
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