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 attempt. "Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged." (Col. Iii. 21)
Origin: Pref. Dis- + courage: cf. OF. Descoragier, F. Decourager: pref. Des- (L. Dis-) + corage, F. Courage. See Courage.
(01 Mar 1998)
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