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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [dih-skur-ij, -skuhr-]
    • /dɪˈskɜr ɪdʒ, -ˈskʌr-/
    • /dɪˈskʌr.ɪdʒd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [dih-skur-ij, -skuhr-]
    • /dɪˈskɜr ɪdʒ, -ˈskʌr-/

Definitions of discouraged word

  • verb with object discouraged to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten; dispirit. 1
  • verb with object discouraged to dissuade (usually followed by from). 1
  • verb with object discouraged to obstruct by opposition or difficulty; hinder: Low prices discourage industry. 1
  • verb with object discouraged to express or make clear disapproval of; frown upon: to discourage the expression of enthusiasm. 1
  • verb without object discouraged to become discouraged: a person who discourages easily. 1
  • noun discouraged Having lost confidence or enthusiasm; disheartened. 1

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Origin of discouraged

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; late Middle English discoragen < Middle French descorager, Old French descoragier. See dis-1, courage

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Parts of speech for Discouraged


discouraged popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for discouraged

adj discouraged

  • depressed — If you are depressed, you are sad and feel that you cannot enjoy anything, because your situation is so difficult and unpleasant.
  • pessimistic — pertaining to or characterized by pessimism or the tendency to expect only bad outcomes; gloomy; joyless; unhopeful: His pessimistic outlook kept him from applying for jobs for which he was perfectly qualified.
  • crestfallen — If you look crestfallen, you look sad and disappointed about something.
  • blue — Something that is blue is the colour of the sky on a sunny day.
  • down — from higher to lower; in descending direction or order; toward, into, or in a lower position: to come down the ladder.

adjective discouraged

  • dejected — If you are dejected, you feel miserable or unhappy, especially because you have just been disappointed by something.
  • low — situated, placed, or occurring not far above the ground, floor, or base: a low shelf.
  • melancholy — sober thoughtfulness; pensiveness.
  • hopeless — providing no hope; beyond optimism or hope; desperate: a hopeless case of cancer.
  • gloomy — dark or dim; deeply shaded: gloomy skies.

Antonyms for discouraged

adj discouraged

  • happy — delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing: to be happy to see a person.
  • heartened — to give courage or confidence to; cheer.
  • inspired — aroused, animated, or imbued with the spirit to do something, by or as if by supernatural or divine influence: an inspired poet.

adjective discouraged

  • positive — explicitly stated, stipulated, or expressed: a positive acceptance of the agreement.

verb with object discouraged

  • couraged — Having a specified form or amount of courage.

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