• WordNet 3.6
    • v discourage 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"
    • v discourage try to prevent; show opposition to "We should discourage this practice among our youth"
    • v discourage deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Discourage Lack of courage; cowardliness.
    • Discourage To dishearten one with respect to; to discountenance; to seek to check by disfavoring; to deter one from; as, they discouraged his efforts.
    • Discourage 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. "Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • discourage To deprive of, or cause to lose, courage; dishearten; depress in spirit; deject; dispirit.
    • discourage 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.
    • discourage To lose courage.
    • n discourage Want of courage, cowardice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Discourage dis-kur′āj to take away the courage of: to dishearten: to seek to check by showing disfavour to
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  • John Burroughs
    “A man can get discouraged many times but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying.”
  • Saki
    “Children are given to us to discourage our better emotions.”
  • William Ellery Channing
    “Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    “Edison failed 10, 000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.”
  • Bishop Robert South
    Bishop Robert South
    “Defeat should never be a source of discouragement, but rather a fresh stimulus.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Faith is: dead to doubts, dumb to discouragements, blind to impossibilities.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. dis-, + courage,: cf. OF. descoragier, F. décourager,: pref. des-,L. dis-,) + corage, F. courage,. See Courage
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. descourager. See Courage.


In literature:

They looked flushed and discouraged, and each of the three had her own comments to make upon the situation.
"A Houseful of Girls" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Many were his discouragements and difficulties, but glorious have been his successes.
"By Canoe and Dog-Train" by Egerton Ryerson Young
Mustagan, however, was not discouraged, and he resolved on one more effort to succeed.
"Three Boys in the Wild North Land" by Egerton Ryerson Young
Outwitted were they all, but not yet discouraged.
"Winter Adventures of Three Boys" by Egerton R. Young
He was another menace to the range, and was to be discouraged.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
The physician Handel wished his son to become a lawyer, and so tried to discourage his fondness for music.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
But then there must be seasons of discouragement in everything.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866" by Various
Nevertheless, Alb was not discouraged.
"The Chauffeur and the Chaperon" by C. N. Williamson
Under it, at a table set with cracked and empty plates, a discouraged woman sits eying the children's show gloomily.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
Nothing could discourage him from trying to improve himself by study.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden

In poetry:

In all the ups and downs of life
We've found in you a constant friend;
You've counselled peace, discouraged strife,
And taught us all our ways to mend.
"The Donation Visit" by David John Scott
Has the night descended?
Was the road of late so toilsome? did we stop discouraged, nodding on
our way?
Yet a passing hour I yield you, in your tracks to pause oblivious,
Pioneers! O pioneers!
"Pioneers! O Pioneers!" by Walt Whitman
For it is important that awake people be awake,
or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep;
the signals we give—yes or no, or maybe—
should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.
"A Ritual To Read To Each Other" by William Stafford
And hollerin' over all the fields,
And ploughin' ev'ry furrow;
We sort ov felt discouraged, for
Spense wusn't one to borrow;
An' wus--the old chap wouldn't lend
A cent's wuth to his dearest friend!
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
"A crime, Sir, of so deep a die
We should, on no account, pass by
But, if with this we now begin,
It will discourage men from sin.
The case, I think, but you best know,
Must under 'sault and batt'ry go."
"The Jealous Head" by William Hutton
But, if her wisdom grow severe,
And suffer not her goodness to be there;
If her large mercies cruelly it restrain;
Be not discourag'd, but require
A more gentle ordeal fire,
And bid her by love's flames read it again.
"Written In Juice Of Lemon" by Abraham Cowley

In news:

Other deputies said DiPasquale was discouraged when he did not receive the bonus, which was not extended to members represented by a union.
Harlingen CISD Changes Cardinals Ticket Buying Rules To Discourage Scalping.
Proposed rules would discourage Westport solar projects.
Vets discourage use of any pet treats from China.
0A local veterinarian says the American Veterinary Medical Association is telling vets to discourage pet owners from using treats imported from China.
Political scientists Cathy Cohen and Jon Rogowski say that even if young voters can pull together the necessary documentation, the extra steps they must take to get an acceptable ID might prove discouraging .
McKenna Pope says packaging discourages boys from baking, enforces gender stereotypes.
DC implementing parking rules to limit visitor spots, discourage driving.
Should Cities Encourage or Discourage Wild Animals.
A ban on feeding stray cats and dogs is being considered in an Indianapolis suburb as a way of discouraging coyotes from roaming around neighborhoods.
High gas prices here discourage shopping local.
Santa Ana could discourage visits from Vietnamese officials.
Discourage alcohol sales at the vote.
The City Council unanimously voted to ask staff to prepare a resolution, similar to one adopted in 2004 by Westminster, aimed at discouraging official visits from communist Vietnam.
A 'paper rain' of political ads doesn't discourage one young Brazilian.

In science:

The problem was known to Zeldovich (1965), which discouraged him from considering a hot big bang at a critical moment in cosmic, or at least cosmological history.
Astrophysics in 2006
Its inappropriateness discourages the immediate extension to multi-class patterns.
New Tests of Spatial Segregation Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
This result implies that the radiative transfer routines, while accurate to a high degree, do result in a slight overestimate of cloud temperatures and an underestimate of the radiative fluxes, which errs on the side of discouraging disk instability’s ability to produce self-gravitating clumps.
Analytical Solutions for Radiative Transfer: Implications for Giant Planet Formation by Disk Instability
In order to discourage Bob from delivering an arbitrary theory, Alice stipulates a penalty if Bob’s theory is rejected by her test.
A nonmanipulable test
This argument, in my opinion, strongly discourages models where neutrino masses are generated near the weak scale and are suppressed by some special mechanism.
Status of Neutrino Masses and Mixing in 2009