Synonyms of discouraging


1. deter, discourage, disapprove, reject

usage: try to prevent; show opposition to; "We should discourage this practice among our youth"

2. discourage

usage: deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged

3. warn, discourage, admonish, monish, rede, advise, counsel

usage: admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior; "I warned him not to go too far"; "I warn you against false assumptions"; "She warned him to be quiet"


1. discouraging (vs. encouraging), daunting, intimidating, demoralizing, demoralising, disheartening, dispiriting, frustrating, unencouraging, dissuasive, hopeless, unhelpful

usage: depriving of confidence or hope or enthusiasm and hence often deterring action; "where never is heard a discouraging word"

2. discouraging, dissuasive (vs. persuasive)

usage: expressing disapproval

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