- 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 undiscouraged
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.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
Della had no money to buy a croquet set, but she had something far better, an alert and undiscouraged mind.Tiverton Tales
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
“I shall go out every day till I find something to do,” said Rupert, with the undiscouraged fervour of youth.In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim
Frances Hodgson Burnett
- 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 undiscouraged
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