[ verb ] try to prevent; show opposition to




: "We should discourage this practice among our youth"

Used in print

(Mr. America, 4:6...)

Far from discouraging Henri , his parents urge him on to greater and greater accomplishments .

(Max F. Millikan and Donald L. M. Blackmer,...)

We should do what we can to discourage this conclusion , both by offering assistance for their domestic needs and by reacting firmly to irresponsible actions on the world scene .

Related terms

disapprove discouragement

[ verb ] deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged

Used in print

("Week by Week"...)

Noting all the difficulties that stand in the way of reunion , he has said that they ought not to discourage anyone .

(Modern Maturity, 4:6...)

Do n't be discouraged !

(Sexology, 28:1...)

This is a very common experience and should in_no_way discourage or dishearten either husband or wife .

[ verb ] admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior


warn admonish monish


"I warned him not to go too far" "I warn you against false assumptions" "She warned him to be quiet"

Used in print

(Dog World, 46:4...)

`` Your aids are your attitude , which comes through your voice , your hands and legs - voice to encourage , discourage or whatever the need may be ; hands to guide or restrain ; legs to produce motion and rate of speed .

(Patrick Dennis, Little Me....)

Presidential coercion had succeeded not_only in poisoning the courtiers , `` toadies '' and sycophants of the `` bench '' against me , but it had been so far-reaching as to discourage any lawyer in the nation from representing me !

Related terms

advise warn admonition