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Definition of discourage:

  1. Lack of courage; cowardliness.
  2. To dishearten one with respect to; to discountenance; to seek to check by disfavoring; to deter one from; as, they discouraged his efforts.
  3. 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.

Synonyms:

dismay, reprove, frighten, cheer, confuse, obstruct, facilitate, alarm, quiet, caution, persuasion, deter, cast down, keep back, warn, turn aside, beat down, prostrate, hold back, admonish, repress, monish, expedite, cow, withhold, demoralize, dispirit, damp, hold off, deject, control, bully, scare, help, unnerve, encourage.

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