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Definitions of discourage

  1. try to prevent; show opposition to; "We should discourage this practice among our youth" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior; "I warned him not to go too far"; "I warn you against false assumptions"; "She warned him to be quiet" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. To dishearten one with respect to; to discountenance; to seek to check by disfavoring; to deter one from; as, they discouraged his efforts. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Lack of courage; cowardliness. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To extinguish the courage of; to dishearten; to depress the spirits of; to deprive of confidence; to deject; - the opposite of encourage; as, he was discouraged in his undertaking; he need not be discouraged from a like attempt. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To depress; to deprive or lessen the courage of; dishearten; deter. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. To take away the courage of: to dishearten: to seek to check by showing disfavor to. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. To dishearten; repress by disfavor. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. To damp the courage of; dispirit; dishearten; oppose; obstruct. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. To repress the courage of; to dishearten or depress; to discountenance, and try to repress or prevent. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. To depress the spirits; to dishearten; to dissuade; to deter from. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. To extinguish the courage of; to dishearten; to depress the spirits of; to deprive of confidence; to deject; -- the opposite of encourage; as, he was discouraged in his undertaking; he need not be discouraged from a like attempt. mso.anu.edu.au
  14. To extinguish the courage of; to dishearten; to depress the spirits of; to deprive of confidence; to deject; the opposite of encourage; as, he was discouraged in his undertaking; he need not be discouraged from a like attempt. dictgcide_fs
  15. dis-kur'[=a]j, v.t. to take away the courage of: to dishearten: to seek to check by showing disfavour to.--n. DISCOUR'AGEMENT, act of discouraging: that which discourages: dejection.--p.adj. DISCOUR'AGING, disheartening, depressing.--adv. DISCOUR'AGINGLY. [O. Fr. descourager. See COURAGE.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  16. Deprive of courage, confidence, or energy; deter from; discountenance. Hence discouragement n., discouragingly adv. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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