AskDefine | Define discouraging

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discouraging adj
1 depriving of confidence or hope or enthusiasm and hence often deterring action; "where never is heard a discouraging word" [ant: encouraging]
2 expressing disapproval

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  1. present participle of discourage


  1. that causes discouragement


  • 1876 Brewster Higley - A Home on the Range
  • Oh, give me a home where the Buffalo roam / Where the Deer and the Antelope play; / Where never is heard a discouraging word, / And the sky is not clouded all day

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