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See definition of discourages on Dictionary.com
  • verbdishearten, dispirit
  • verbdeter, dissuade; restrain

synonyms for discourages

  • 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

antonyms for discourages

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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 discourages in a sentence

The indulgence of the public only emboldens mediocrity: it causes genius to blush, and discourages it.
THE AESTHETICAL ESSAYSFRIEDRICH SCHILLER
The failure of the Neapolitan marriage disappoints, and the extreme coldness of the new Russian Ambassador discourages them.
MEMOIRS OF THE DUCHESSE DE DINO V.1/3, 1831-1835DOROTHY DUCHESSE DE DINO
The rapacity of Courts discourages agriculture, extinguishes industry, produces want, pestilence and misery.
GOOD SENSEPAUL HENRI THIRY, BARON D'HOLBACH
But the Government discourages long and loose hair, and now most men cut it short, and women part theirs and braid it.
AW-AW-TAM INDIAN NIGHTSJ. WILLIAM LLOYD
Which is madder, the Russian priest who discourages righteous rebellion, or the Russian novelist who forbids it?
THE BALL AND THE CROSSG.K. CHESTERTON
This might have been discouraging to some people; but, once embarked on a career of manifest usefulness, nothing discourages Me.
THE MOONSTONEWILKIE COLLINS
A target impossible to make a full score on discourages the shooter.
THE MODERN PISTOL AND HOW TO SHOOT ITWALTER WINANS
To overlook offenses and neglects that appear willful, causes them to multiply, and discourages the faithful workers.
MANPOWERLINCOLN CLARKE ANDREWS
It discourages the attacks of carnivorous enemies, and usually renders such attacks ineffective.
THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN WONDERLANDENOS A. MILLS
Rule No. 16 discourages scenes of drunkenness, and adds chivalrously: "Especially if women have a part in the scenes."
PIECES OF HATEHEYWOOD BROUN
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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