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[dih-skur-ij, -skuhr-]
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verb (used with object), dis·cour·aged, dis·cour·ag·ing.
  1. to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten; dispirit.
  2. to dissuade (usually followed by from).
  3. to obstruct by opposition or difficulty; hinder: Low prices discourage industry.
  4. to express or make clear disapproval of; frown upon: to discourage the expression of enthusiasm.
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verb (used without object), dis·cour·aged, dis·cour·ag·ing.
  1. to become discouraged: a person who discourages easily.
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Origin of discourage

1400–50; late Middle English discoragen < Middle French descorager, Old French descoragier. See dis-1, courage
Related formsdis·cour·ag·er, noundis·cour·age·a·ble, adjectivedis·cour·ag·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·dis·cour·age, verb (used with object), o·ver·dis·cour·aged, o·ver·dis·cour·ag·ing.pre·dis·cour·age, verb (used with object), pre·dis·cour·aged, pre·dis·cour·ag·ing.un·dis·cour·age·a·ble, adjectiveun·dis·cour·aged, adjectiveun·dis·cour·ag·ing, adjectiveun·dis·cour·ag·ing·ly, adverb


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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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Historical Examples

  • But, undiscouraged, Jack had refilled the machine and was awaiting results.

    Harper's Round Table, September 10, 1895


  • 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.

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

British Dictionary definitions for undiscouraged


verb (tr)
  1. to deprive of the will to persist in something
  2. to inhibit; preventthis solution discourages rust
  3. to oppose by expressing disapproval
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Derived Formsdiscouragement, noundiscourager, noundiscouragingly, adverb
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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.

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