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[dih-skur-ij, -skuhr-] /dɪˈskɜr ɪdʒ, -ˈskʌr-/
verb (used with object), discouraged, discouraging.
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.
verb (used without object), discouraged, discouraging.
to become discouraged:
a person who discourages easily.
Origin of discourage
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English discoragen < Middle French descorager, Old French descoragier. See dis-1, courage
Related forms
discourager, noun
discourageable, adjective
discouragingly, adverb
overdiscourage, verb (used with object), overdiscouraged, overdiscouraging.
prediscourage, verb (used with object), prediscouraged, prediscouraging.
undiscourageable, adjective
undiscouraged, adjective
undiscouraging, adjective
undiscouragingly, adverb
1. daunt, depress, deject, overawe, cow, abash.
1. encourage.
Synonym Study
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for undiscouraged
Historical Examples
  • But, undiscouraged, Jack had refilled the machine and was awaiting results.

  • There were moments when both his life and his soul seemed overtaxed by so many years of undiscouraged belief in regeneration.

  • Della had no money to buy a croquet set, but she had something far better, an alert and undiscouraged mind.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • undiscouraged and undismayed, he kept on playing football until in his last year he became captain of the Exeter football team.

    The Training of a Forester Gifford Pinchot
  • “I shall go out every day till I find something to do,” said Rupert, with the undiscouraged fervour of youth.

  • undiscouraged, she dug one side of the first hole, and presently she held out to Amy what at first puzzled them both.

    Amy in Acadia Helen Leah Reed
  • And, not wryly but with undiscouraged faith, they vote away for the Hylans and the Hardings of each recurrent crisis.

    Nonsenseorship G. G. Putnam and Others
  • undiscouraged, Mr. Quince, with practiced hand, continued to seek for Mr. Jones with the iron hook.

    The Triumph of Virginia Dale John Francis, Jr.
  • But the Boy, though in his heart troubled and surprised, kept an undiscouraged face, and advised the hunters not to crow too soon.

    Red Fox Charles G. D. Roberts
  • undiscouraged, he resolved still to pursue his object, uniting it with his daily toil.

    Men of Our Times Harriet Beecher Stowe
British Dictionary definitions for undiscouraged


verb (transitive)
to deprive of the will to persist in something
to inhibit; prevent: this solution discourages rust
to oppose by expressing disapproval
Derived Forms
discouragement, noun
discourager, noun
discouragingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for undiscouraged



mid-15c., discoragen, from Middle French descourager, from Old French descoragier, from des- "away" (see dis-) + corage (see courage). Related: Discouraged; discouragement; discouraging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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