discourage

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French descourager (modern French décourager), from Old French descouragier, from des- and corage. Surface analysis dis- +‎ courage.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪsˈkʌɹɪdʒ/, /dɪsˈkʊɹɪdʒ/

Verb[edit]

discourage (third-person singular simple present discourages, present participle discouraging, simple past and past participle discouraged)

  1. (transitive) To extinguish the courage of; to dishearten; to depress the spirits of; to deprive of confidence; to deject.
    Don't be discouraged by the amount of work left to do: you'll finish it in good time.
    • Bible, Col. iii. 21
      Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
  2. (transitive) To persuade somebody not to do something.
    • Abraham Lincoln
      Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can.

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