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discouraging

[ dih-skur-ij, -skuhr- ]SEE DEFINITION OF discouraging

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DISCOURAGING

Low-lying alligator, evading the eyesight and discouraging hope!

Burnside's repulse at Fredericksburg was followed by a discouraging retreat.

But it is so discouraging a thing to have my monitress so very good!

Bitter taunts for the past, and discouraging views of the future?

And yet, when we wrote to our friends who were watching, their answer was most discouraging.

"She really did frighten you," said Henry, who was far from discouraging timidity in females.

She tried all sorts of tempting dishes, but the result was discouraging.

Baron Hbner speaks in discouraging tones of our position at the Cape.

But then came the discouraging knowledge that he could not play it well enough.

From Ireland the tidings had long been of the most discouraging kind.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., discoragen, from Middle French descourager, from Old French descoragier, from des- "away" (see dis-) + corage (see courage). Related: Discouraged; discouragement; discouraging.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DISCOURAGING

dismal

adjectivebleak, dreary, gloomy

disturbing

adjectivedisquieting
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