Part of speech: verb

To damp the courage of; dispirit; dishearten; oppose; obstruct.

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Usage examples "discourage":

  1. She did not wish to discourage him, but she could not altogether keep her thoughts from her face. - "The Grain Of Dust A Novel", David Graham Phillips.
  2. And would you discourage football because it introduces the idea of competition? - "A Dominie in Doubt", A. S. Neill.
  3. Since all the high- grade coal of the Pacific coast must come from the East, who, then, would discourage the opening of local fields but those very interests? - "The Iron Trail", Rex Beach.