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1. made less hopeful or enthusiastic;
- Example: "desperate demoralized people looking for work"
- Example: "felt discouraged by the magnitude of the problem"
- Example: "the disheartened instructor tried vainly to arouse their interest"
[syn: demoralized, demoralised, discouraged, disheartened]

2. lacking in resolution;
- Example: "the accident left others discouraged about going there"

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Discourage \Dis*cour"age\ (?; 48), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Discouraged; p. pr. & vb. n. Discouraging.] [Pref. dis- + courage: cf. OF. descoragier, F. d['e]courager: pref. des- (L. dis-) + corage, F. courage. See Courage.] 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. [1913 Webster] Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. --Col. iii. 21. [1913 Webster] 2. To dishearten one with respect to; to discountenance; to seek to check by disfavoring; to deter one from; as, they discouraged his efforts. Syn: To dishearten; dispirit; depress; deject; dissuade; disfavor. [1913 Webster]