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Pronunciation:  di'skurij

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior; "I warned him not to go too far";"I warn you against false assumptions"; "She warned him to be quiet"
  2. [v]  try to prevent; show opposition to; "We should discourage this practice among our youth"
  3. [v]  deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged

DISCOURAGE is a 10 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: admonish, deter, monish, warn
 Antonyms: encourage
 See Also: advise, cast down, counsel, deject, demoralise, demoralize, depress, disapprove, dishearten, dismay, dispirit, get down, intimidate, put off, reject, restrain, thwart



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dis*cour"age\ (?; 48), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Discouraged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Discouraging}.] [Pref. dis- +
    courage: cf. OF. descoragier, F. d['e]courager: pref. des-
    (L. dis-) + corage, F. courage. See {Courage}.]
    1. To extinguish the courage of; to dishearten; to depress
       the spirits of; to deprive of confidence; to deject; --
       the opposite of encourage; as, he was discouraged in his
       undertaking; he need not be discouraged from a like
             Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest
             they be discouraged.                  --Col. iii.
    2. To dishearten one with respect to; to discountenance; to
       seek to check by disfavoring; to deter one from; as, they
       discouraged his efforts.
    Syn: To dishearten; dispirit; depress; deject; dissuade;
  2. \Dis*cour"age\, n.
    Lack of courage; cowardliness.
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