An example of to discourage is to tell someone all the reasons why they should not buy a new car.
Making so little progress after so much effort discouraged us.
My adviser discouraged me from applying to big universities.
The agency discouraged all travel to the areas hardest hit by the disease.
Origin of discourage
- Middle English discoragen from Old French descoragier des- dis- corage courage courage
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle French descourager (modern French décourager), from Old French descouragier, from des- and corage. Surface analysis dis- + courage.