Discourage Definition

dĭ-skûrĭj, -skŭr-
discouraged, discourages, discouraging
discouraged, discourages, discouraging
To become discouraged.
Webster's New World
To deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten.
Webster's New World
To advise or persuade (a person) to refrain.
Webster's New World
To dissuade or deter (someone) from doing something.
My adviser discouraged me from applying to big universities.
American Heritage
To prevent or try to prevent by disapproving or raising objections or obstacles.
Webster's New World

Origin of Discourage

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English discoragen from Old French descoragier des- dis- corage courage courage

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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