Dis*cour"age (?; 48), v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Discouraged (?); p.
pr. & vb. n. Discouraging (?).] [Pref. dis- +
courage: cf. OF. descoragier, F.
décourager: pref. des- (L. dis-) +
corage, F. courage. See Courage.]
1. To extinguish the courage of; to dishearten;
to depress the spirits of; to deprive of confidence; to deject; --
the opposite of encourage; as, he was discouraged in
his undertaking; he need not be discouraged from a like
Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they
be discouraged. Col. iii. 21.
2. To dishearten one with respect to; to
discountenance; to seek to check by disfavoring; to deter one from;
as, they discouraged his efforts.
Syn. -- To dishearten; dispirit; depress; deject; dissuade;
Dis*cour"age, n. Lack of courage;