- 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 discouraged
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Perhaps even the indefatigable John Kerry might be discouraged from more futile and dispiriting peace talks.Here’s What the U.S. Has to Do to Deal With the Mad Middle East
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Another powerful woman has been discouraged from speaking on campus.The Oh-So-Fragile Class of 2014 Needs to STFU And Listen to Some New Ideas
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But he was not discouraged; he was merely changing his tactics.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
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Notwithstanding their gentleness, during the first year the Huberts were often discouraged.The Dream
So easily is the humanity of the rich and great disgusted and discouraged!Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
The latter had given Cooke fresh hopes of success when he was worn and discouraged.Heroes of the Telegraph
Discouraged and disgusted with the theatre, my passion for sculpture increased.My Double Life
- 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 discouraged
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