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Synonyms for discourage
dɪˈskɜr ɪdʒ, -ˈskʌr-dis·cour·age

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  1. discourageverb


  2. discourageverb


  3. discourageverb

    Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can (Abraham Lincoln )


Princeton's WordNet

  1. deter, discourageverb

    try to prevent; show opposition to

    "We should discourage this practice among our youth"

    monish, admonish, warn, deter, dissuade


  2. discourageverb

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

    monish, warn, deter, admonish


  3. warn, discourage, admonish, monishverb

    admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior

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

    reprove, monish, admonish, warn, deter, caution


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  1. discourageverb

    dishearten, dispirit, depress, deject

  2. discourageverb

    dissuade, deter, keep back

  3. discourageverb

    disfavor, discountenance, throw cold water upon, put a damper on

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. discourageverb

    dishearten, dispirit, depress, deter, dampen, unnerve, oppose, dissuade

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "discourage":

    deter, dissuade, deterring, dampen, prevent, demotivate

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  1. Ahmet Davutoglu:

    The aim here is to discourage irregular migration and ... to recognize those Syrians in our camps who the EU will accept - though we will not force anyone to go against their will - on legal routes.

  2. Andy McKean:

    With the 2020 president election looming on the horizon, I feel as a Republican that I need to be able to support the standard bearer of our party. Unfortunately, that is not something I am able to do, he sets, in my opinion, a poor example for the nation and particularly for our children by personally insulting -- often in a crude and juvenile fashion -- those who disagree with him, being a bully at a time when we we are attempting to discourage bullying, his frequent disregard for the truth and his willingness to ridicule or marginalize people for their appearance, ethnicity or disability.

  3. Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown:

    The penalties in the federal system need to be much more conveyed to people to discourage this idea that this is a harmless, mostly clerical administrative violation of the federal system, it is blood money. You are getting the guns... to someone that will harm someone.

  4. Samuel Johnson:

    Do not discourage your children from hoarding, if they have a taste to it; whoever lays up his penny rather than part with it for a cake, at least is not the slave of gross appetite; and shows besides a preference always to be esteemed, of the future to the present moment.

  5. Marian Tupy:

    Some of the anti-capitalist impulse goes back to that hunter-gatherer mentality and not comprehending the complexity of the market economy, the complexity outpaced our ability to understand it. But even those who don’t understand markets should open their eyes and acknowledge its benefits : Worldwide, wherever economic freedom is allowed, millions of people have lifted themselves out of stoop labor and miserable poverty. Of course, not everyone can reap the benefits of markets. The sick, the mentally ill and other truly helpless people need a hand. But why assume government must provide that help ? Government does n’t do anything very well. Why not let private charity handle it ? I once assumed there was too much poverty for private charity to make much of a difference. But now I realize there is plenty of money, and private charity would do much more if government did n’t discourage it. When the welfare state took over poverty relief, it crowded out.

Translations for discourage

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  • تثبيطArabic
  • разубеждавам, обезсърчавам, обезкуражавамBulgarian
  • vzít odvahu, odradit, zastrašitCzech
  • entmutigen, abschrecken, abraten von, abraten, abbringen vonGerman
  • αποκαρδιώνωGreek
  • persuadir, descorazonar, acobardar, desalentarSpanish
  • lannistaa, luopumaan, nujertaa, taivutellaFinnish
  • dissuader, découragerFrench
  • mengecilkan hatiIndonesian
  • scoraggiareItalian
  • לדכאHebrew
  • 思いとどませる, 落胆, がっかりJapanese
  • whakapāhunuMāori
  • одвраќа, обесхрабруваMacedonian
  • afraden om, ontmoedigen, ontradenDutch
  • zniechęcaćPolish
  • desalentar, desencorajar, despersuadir, desanimar, dissuadirPortuguese
  • descurajaRomanian
  • расхолаживать, отговаривать, отговорить, разубедить, расхолодить, обескуражить, разубеждать, обескураживатьRussian
  • discourageSwedish
  • ஊக்கம்Tamil
  • నిరుత్సాహపరుచుTelugu
  • กีดกันThai

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