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1. discourage

verb. ['dɪˈskɝːɪdʒ'] try to prevent; show opposition to.

Synonyms

  • reject
  • disapprove

Antonyms

  • unbridle
  • end
  • ascend

Etymology

  • descourager (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • -er (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))

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Words that Rhyme with Discourage

  • encourage
  • burrage

How do you pronounce discourage?

Pronounce discourage as dɪˈskərɪʤ.

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Example sentences of the word discourage


1. Noun, singular or mass
Indoor games keep teens together in a small space and discourage couples or small groups from wandering off.

2. Verb, base form
The idea is to reinforce good behavior and discourage bad behavior.

Quotes containing the word discourage


1. Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.
- Richard L. Evans

2. I’ve known people that the world has thrown everything at to discourage them...to break their spirit. And yet something about them retains a dignity. They face life and don’t ask quarters.
- Horton Foote

3. People who lack the clarity, courage, or determination to follow their own dreams will often find ways to discourage yours. When you change for the better, the people around you will be inspired to change also....but only after doing their best to make you stop. Live your truth and don't EVER stop.
- Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

2. discourage

verb. ['dɪˈskɝːɪdʒ'] deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged.

Synonyms

  • dishearten
  • dispirit
  • demoralise
  • put off
  • depress
  • throw cold water on
  • pour cold water on
  • deject
  • demoralize
  • intimidate
  • restrain
  • get down
  • dismay

Antonyms

  • hearten
  • elate
  • rise
  • abstain

Etymology

  • descourager (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • -er (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))

3. discourage

verb. ['dɪˈskɝːɪdʒ'] admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior.

Synonyms

  • admonish
  • advise
  • counsel
  • warn
  • rede

Antonyms

  • attract
  • raise
  • strengthen
  • enable

Etymology

  • descourager (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • -er (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
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