AskDefine | Define discourage

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1 try to prevent; show opposition to; "We should discourage this practice among our youth" [syn: deter]
2 deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged [ant: encourage]
3 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" [syn: warn, admonish, monish]

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From descourager (modern: décourager), from descouragier, from des- and corage ().


  1. To take away or reduce the courage of.
  2. To persuade somebody not to do something.
    Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can (Abraham Lincoln )



To take away or reduce the courage of
To persuade somebody not to do something

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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