Discouraging
Discourage 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 attempt. [1913 Webster]

Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. --Col. iii. 21. [1913 Webster]

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; disfavor. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • discouraging — [di skʉr′ijiŋ] adj. that discourages; disheartening; depressing discouragingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • discouraging — adj. 1) deeply discouraging 2) discouraging to + inf. (it is discouraging to read the newspapers) 3) discouraging that + clause (it s discouraging that so little progress has been made in banning nuclear weapons) * * * deeply discouraging… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • discouraging — adj. Discouraging is used with these nouns: ↑word …   Collocations dictionary

  • discouraging — dis|cour|a|ging [dısˈkʌrıdʒıŋ US ˈkə:r ] adj making you lose the confidence or determination you need to continue doing something ▪ The results were discouraging. >discouragingly adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • discouraging — dis|cour|ag|ing [ dıs kʌrıdʒıŋ ] adjective making you feel that it is useless to try to do something: Their attitude was very discouraging …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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