1400–50; late Middle English discoragen
< Middle French descorager, Old French descoragier.
discourager, noundiscourageable, adjectivediscouragingly, adverboverdiscourage, verb (used with object), overdiscouraged, overdiscouraging.prediscourage, verb (used with object), prediscouraged, prediscouraging.undiscourageable, adjectiveundiscouraged, adjectiveundiscouraging, adjectiveundiscouragingly, adverb
daunt, depress, deject, overawe, cow, abash. 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.
is to dishearten completely: Her husband's philandering dismayed her.
is to frighten, as by threats of force, violence, or dire consequences: to intimidate a witness.