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discourage

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of discourage

  1. 1 to lessen the courage or confidence of I didn't let losing discourage me from trying again Synonyms of discourage chill, daunt, demoralize, dishearten, dismay, dispirit, frustrate, unman, unnerve Words Related to discourage browbeat, bully, cow, intimidate; depress, sadden, weigh; afflict, try; damp, dampen, deaden; distress, trouble; bother, irk, vex, worry; debilitate, enfeeble, undermine, weaken; frighten, horrify, scare Phrases throw cold water on Near Antonyms of discourage buoy (up), cheer, gladden; animate, enliven, invigorate; enforce, fortify, reinforce (also reenforce), strengthen; assure, reassure; boost, energize, excite, galvanize, inspire, lift, provoke, quicken, rally, stimulate, stir Antonyms of discourage embolden, encourage, hearten, nerve, steel

  2. 2 to steer (a person) from an activity or course of action the higher fines may help discourage drivers from speeding on the highway Synonyms of discourage deter, dissuade, inhibit Words Related to discourage divert; unsell; repel Near Antonyms of discourage egg (on), exhort, goad, prod, urge; impel, induce, prompt Antonyms of discourage encourage, persuade



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