Dis discouraging means to make someone feel discouraged or unhappy. When your boss discourages you, she is telling you that your work is not good enough and that you should stop trying.

  • The employee was discouraged when she was told that her work wasn't good enough.

  • The teacher was discouraging when she told the students that they weren't going to pass the test.

Definition of discouraging


depriving of confidence or hope or enthusiasm and hence often deterring action


expressing disapproval in order to dissuade

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Example Sentences for discouraging

  • 1

    The statements are discouraging.

  • 2

    Also, the invective is discouraged.

  • 3

    But the trend is really discouraging.

  • 4

    Sorry for the discouraging greeting.

  • 5

    That is very regretful and discouraging.

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    The attacks above are discouraging.

  • 7

    Nevertheless, this kind of excrescence is to be discouraged.

  • 8

    That is very regretful and discouraging, please.

  • 9

    The current system discourages the practice.

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    The news was so profoundly discouraging.