Discourage Dis*cour"age (?; 48), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Discouraged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Discouraging}.] [Pref. dis- + courage: cf. OF. descoragier, F. d['e]courager: pref. des- (L. dis-) + corage, F. courage. See {Courage}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. --Col. iii. 21. [1913 Webster]

2. To dishearten one with respect to; to discountenance; to seek to check by disfavoring; to deter one from; as, they discouraged his efforts.

Syn: To dishearten; dispirit; depress; deject; dissuade; disfavor. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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