from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To deprive of confidence, hope, or spirit.
- transitive v. To hamper by discouraging; deter.
- transitive v. To try to prevent by expressing disapproval or raising objections.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To take away or reduce the courage of.
- v. To persuade somebody not to do something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To extinguish the courage of; to dishearten; to depress the spirits of; to deprive of confidence; to deject; -- the opposite of encourage
- transitive v. To dishearten one with respect to; to discountenance; to seek to check by disfavoring; to deter one from.
- n. Lack of courage; cowardliness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deprive of, or cause to lose, courage; dishearten; depress in spirit; deject; dispirit.
- To lessen or repress courage for; obstruct by opposition or difficulty; dissuade or hinder from: as, to discourage emigration; ill success discourages effort; low prices discourage industry.
- To lose courage.
- n. Want of courage, cowardice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior
- v. try to prevent; show opposition to
- v. deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged
Middle English discoragen, from Old French descoragier : des-, dis- + corage, courage; see courage.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French descourager (modern French décourager), from Old French descouragier, from des- and corage. Surface analysis dis- + courage. (Wiktionary)