try to prevent; show opposition to
"We should discourage this practice among our youth"
deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged
warn, discourage, admonish, monishverb
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"
To take away or reduce the courage of.
To persuade somebody not to do something.
Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can (Abraham Lincoln )
Etymology: From descourager (modern French décourager), from descouragier, from des- and corage. Surface analysis.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: decourager, Fr. dis and courage.
I might neither encourage the rebels insolence, nor discourage the protestants loyalty and patience. Charles I .
The apostle with great zeal discourages too unreasonable a presumption. John Rogers, Serm.
Wherefore discourage ye the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land? Numb. xxxii. 7.
You may keep your beauty and your health, unless you destroy them yourself, or discourage them to stay with you, by using them ill. William Temple, Miscell.
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 attempt
to dishearten one with respect to; to discountenance; to seek to check by disfavoring; to deter one from; as, they discouraged his efforts
lack of courage; cowardliness
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dis-kur′āj, v.t. to take away the courage of: to dishearten: to seek to check by showing disfavour to.—n. Discour′agement, act of discouraging: that which discourages: dejection.—p.adj. Discour′aging, disheartening, depressing.—adv. Discour′agingly. [O. Fr. descourager. See Courage.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'discourage' in Verbs Frequency: #1033
The numerical value of discourage in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of discourage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Some of the anti-capitalist impulse goes back to that hunter-gatherer mentality and not comprehending the complexity of the market economy, the complexity outpaced our ability to understand it. But even those who don’t understand markets should open their eyes and acknowledge its benefits : Worldwide, wherever economic freedom is allowed, millions of people have lifted themselves out of stoop labor and miserable poverty. Of course, not everyone can reap the benefits of markets. The sick, the mentally ill and other truly helpless people need a hand. But why assume government must provide that help ? Government does n’t do anything very well. Why not let private charity handle it ? I once assumed there was too much poverty for private charity to make much of a difference. But now I realize there is plenty of money, and private charity would do much more if government did n’t discourage it. When the welfare state took over poverty relief, it crowded out.
He sets, in my opinion, a poor example for the nation and particularly for our children by personally insulting -- often in a crude and juvenile fashion -- those who disagree with him, being a bully at a time when we we are attempting to discourage bullying, his frequent disregard for the truth and his willingness to ridicule or marginalize people for their appearance, ethnicity or disability.
Are you being or have you been discouraged by your age? If Yes, then it's high time you've got to refuse to be discouraged by it. For, your age shouldn't discourage you from pursuing/going after/achieving a new dream/vision/aspiration.
The Russian intention may have been to discourage America's Asian allies from working closely with the United States in other parts of the world that could affect Russian interests.
Do not come. Do not come, the United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our border. There are legal methods by which migration can and should occur, but we, as one of our priorities, will discourage illegal migration. And I believe if you come to our border, you will be turned back.
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- разубеждавам, обезсърчавам, обезкуражавамBulgarian
- vzít odvahu, odradit, zastrašitCzech
- entmutigen, abschrecken, abraten von, abraten, abbringen vonGerman
- persuadir, descorazonar, acobardar, desalentarSpanish
- lannistaa, luopumaan, nujertaa, taivutellaFinnish
- dissuader, découragerFrench
- mengecilkan hatiIndonesian
- 思いとどませる, 落胆, がっかりJapanese
- одвраќа, обесхрабруваMacedonian
- afraden om, ontmoedigen, ontradenDutch
- desalentar, desencorajar, despersuadir, desanimar, dissuadirPortuguese
- расхолаживать, отговаривать, отговорить, разубедить, расхолодить, обескуражить, разубеждать, обескураживатьRussian
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