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Adjective: discouraging  dis'kur-u-jing or dis'kú-ru-jing [N. Amer], dis'kú-ru-jing [Brit]
  1. Depriving of confidence, hope or enthusiasm and hence often deterring action
    "where never is heard a discouraging word"
  2. Expressing disapproval in order to dissuade
Verb: discourage  dis'kur-ij or dis'kú-rij [N. Amer], dis'kú-rij [Brit]
  1. Try to prevent; show opposition to
    "We should discourage this practice among our youth";
    - deter
  2. Deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged
    - frustrate
  3. Advise or counsel in terms of someone's behaviour
    - warn, admonish

See also: daunting, demoralising [Brit], demoralizing, disheartening, dispiriting, dissuasive, frustrating, hopeless, intimidating, unencouraging, unhelpful

Type of: advise, counsel, disapprove, rede [archaic], reject

Antonym: encourage, encouraging

Encyclopedia: Discourage