décourager

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French descourager (from whence English discourage), from Old French descouragier, from des- and corage.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

décourager

  1. (transitive) to discourage
  2. (takes a reflexive pronoun) to lose heart, lose faith

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Conjugation[edit]

This is a regular -er verb, but the stem is written décourage- before endings that begin with -a- or -o- (to indicate that the -g- is a “soft” /ʒ/ and not a “hard” /ɡ/). This spelling-change occurs in all verbs in -ger, such as neiger and manger.

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