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From Old French acoragier; à (from Latin ad) + corage. See courage.


  • IPA(key): /əˈkɜɹɪd͡ʒ/, /əˈkʌɹɪd͡ʒ/
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accourage (third-person singular simple present accourages, present participle accouraging, simple past and past participle accouraged)

  1. (obsolete) To encourage.
    • c. 1540, an act of Henry VIII, quoted in A Short History of the World's Shipping Industry →ISBN:
      [] willing the comfort of al merchauntes in accouraging of them willing to make any ship or shippes, and also towardes the supportacion of the costes and charges of the said Nicholas, [I grant them money].
    • 1545, George Joye, The exposicion of Daniel the Prophete gathered oute of Philip Melanchton/ Johan Ecolampadius/ Conrade Pellicane & out of Johan Draconite
      Aftir two yeres Philometor obtayned helpe of the Roma[n]s to reamer his lost cities, and thus accouraged of [=by] the Romans he expelled his auuncles syriake hoste []
    • c. 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Second Book of The Faerie Queene — Contayning the Legend of Sir Guyon, or of Temperaunce, Canto VIII, verse 34
      But he endevored with ſpeaches milde
          Her to recomfort, and accourage bold,
          Bidding her feare no more her foeman vilde,
          Nor doubt himſelfe: and who he was her told:
          Yet all that could not from affright her hold,
          Ne to recomfort her at all prevayld;
          For her faint hart was with the froſen cold
          Benumbd ſo inly, that her wits nigh fayld,
      And all her ſences with abaſhment quite were quayld.