[dih-skur-ij, -skuhr-]
verb (used with object), discouraged, discouraging.
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.
verb (used without object), discouraged, discouraging.
to become discouraged: a person who discourages easily.

1400–50; late Middle English discoragen < Middle French descorager, Old French descoragier. See dis-1, courage

discourager, noun
discourageable, adjective
discouragingly, adverb
overdiscourage, verb (used with object), overdiscouraged, overdiscouraging.
prediscourage, verb (used with object), prediscouraged, prediscouraging.
undiscourageable, adjective
undiscouraged, adjective
undiscouraging, adjective
undiscouragingly, adverb

1. 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. 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.

1. encourage.
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discourage (dɪsˈkʌrɪdʒ)
1.  to deprive of the will to persist in something
2.  to inhibit; prevent: this solution discourages rust
3.  to oppose by expressing disapproval

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from M.Fr. descourager, from O.Fr. descouragier, from des- "away" + corage (see courage). Related: Discouraged; discouragement; discouraging.
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Example sentences
The cells help hold blood in and encourage it to move along, discouraging clots.
The same stark contrast prevails in other fault zones: encouraging ideas,
  discouraging progress.
But he does not illuminate the difference between discouraging criticism and
  constructive criticism.
On the other hand, the narrative was thoroughly discouraging.
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