KJV Dictionary Definition: discourage


DISCOURAGE, v.t. discurage. dis and courage. See Courage.

1. To extinguish the courage of; to dishearten; to depress the spirits; to deject; to deprive of confidence.

Fathers, provoke not your children, lest they be discouraged. Colossians 3.

2. To deter from any thing; with from.

Why discourage ye the hearts of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the Lord hath given them? Numbers 32.

3. To attempt to repress or prevent; to dissuade from; as, to discourage an effort.


DISCOURAGED, pp. Discuraged. Disheartened; deprived of courage or confidence; depressed in spirits; dejected; checked.


DISCOURAGEMENT, n. Discuragement.

1. The act of disheartening, or depriving of courage; the act of deterring or dissuading from an undertaking; the act of depressing confidence.

2. That which destroys or abates courage; that which depresses confidence or hope; that which deters or tends to deter from an undertaking, or from the prosecution of any thing. Evil examples are great discouragements to virtue. The revolution was commenced under every possible discouragement.


DISCOURAGER, n. Discurager. One who discourages; one who disheartens, or depresses the courage; one who impresses or fear of success; one who dissuades from an undertaking.


DISCOURAGING, ppr. Discuraging.

1. Disheartening; depressing courage.

2. a. Tending to dishearten, or to depress the courage; as discouraging prospects.