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  • verbdishearten, dispirit
  • verbdeter, dissuade; restrain

synonyms for discourage

  • alarm
  • bother
  • confuse
  • dampen
  • daunt
  • demoralize
  • depress
  • dismay
  • frighten
  • intimidate
  • irk
  • scare
  • trouble
  • unnerve
  • abash
  • afflict
  • appall
  • awe
  • bully
  • chill
  • cow
  • dash
  • deject
  • deprecate
  • disparage
  • distress
  • droop
  • overawe
  • prostrate
  • repress
  • try
  • vex
  • weigh
  • beat down
  • break one's heart
  • cast down
  • throw cold water on
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antonyms for discourage

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  • aid
  • assist
  • assure
  • calm
  • comfort
  • encourage
  • gladden
  • hearten
  • help
  • inspirit
  • make happy
  • please
  • reassure
  • soothe
  • stimulate
  • uplift
  • allow
  • approve
  • commend
  • compliment
  • laud
  • praise
  • inspire
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How to use discourage in a sentence

Ward believes that allowing offensive bird names to persist could discourage a new generation of nature enthusiasts from getting involved.
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Shortly after, he issued a statement discouraging similar harassment and promising to do better.
TREVOR BAUER, UNORTHODOX STAR WITH AN UNORTHODOX DEAL, GETS AN UNORTHODOX DODGERS INTROCHELSEA JANESFEBRUARY 12, 2021WASHINGTON POST
If this does not discourage the behavior, then it may indeed be time to back off the friendship, while remaining on polite professional terms.
MISS MANNERS: TIME TO CUT TIES WITH LONGTIME FRIEND?JUDITH MARTIN, NICHOLAS MARTIN, JACOBINA MARTINFEBRUARY 11, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Other experts expressed concern that double masking could discourage mask-wearing.
MASKS SHOULD FIT BETTER OR BE DOUBLED UP TO PROTECT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS VARIANTS, CDC SAYSLENA H. SUN, FENIT NIRAPPILFEBRUARY 11, 2021WASHINGTON POST
By using an odor eliminator to get rid of the smell, you discourage your pet from returning to the scene of the crime.
PET STAIN & ODOR REMOVERS THAT GET THE JOB DONEPOPSCI COMMERCE TEAMFEBRUARY 9, 2021POPULAR-SCIENCE
In recent years, the team has gradually distanced itself from some of its Native-themed traditions — discouraging fans from wearing headdresses, for example, before banning their display at home games outright.
‘END RACISM,’ THE NFL IMPLORED. SO WHAT ABOUT THAT CHIEFS’ NAME?LIZ CLARKEFEBRUARY 5, 2021WASHINGTON POST
They also said a policy approved at the same time requiring MTS officers to allow those who can’t prove they have a fare to immediately deboard to buy a ticket may discourage some riders from paying for rides.
MTS REVIEW RECOMMENDS CHANGES, BUT STOPS SHORT OF SWEEPING ASSESSMENTSLISA HALVERSTADTFEBRUARY 5, 2021VOICE OF SAN DIEGO
That would discourage ultra-high-frequency trading, and also act as a way of taxing stock-market speculation.
HOW THE GOVERNMENT MIGHT REACT TO GAMESTOPFELIX SALMONFEBRUARY 5, 2021AXIOS
It discouraged reliance on traditional media outlets, empowering followers by convincing them that they could do their own research and suss out the meaning of Q’s drops.
THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TRIES TO FIGURE OUT THE PATH FORWARDPHILIP BUMPFEBRUARY 2, 2021WASHINGTON POST
That included a pledge to remove misinformation about the safety, efficacy, ingredients and side effects of coronavirus vaccines, as well as to prohibit ads that discourage vaccinations.
ANTI-VACCINE PROTEST AT DODGER STADIUM WAS ORGANIZED ON FACEBOOK, INCLUDING PROMOTION OF BANNED ‘PLANDEMIC’ VIDEOISAAC STANLEY-BECKERFEBRUARY 2, 2021WASHINGTON POST
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