damper on; daunt, dismay, intimidate, overawe, cow, abash, appall; unnerve, prostrate, unman.
2. divert, sidetrack, switch, shift, shunt; deter, hold back, restrain, curb, rein in.
3. hinder, prevent, dash one's hopes, repress, suppress, squelch, Inf. bulldoze, Inf put the kibosh on; obstruct, oppose, obviate, stop short.
4. caution, warn, advise against; expostulate, urge against, dehort, remonstrate, admonish, dissuade, talk out of; deprecate, deplore, Inf talk down, Inf put down.
discouragement, n. 1. dejection, disheartenment, lack of spirit; depression, low spirits, gloom, melancholy, despondency, despair; dismay, frustration, consternation, hopelessness, prostration; loss of confidence, cold feet, hesitation, fearfulness, mistrust.
2. opposition, resistance, antagonism, contravention; dissuasion, intimidation, expostulation, remonstrance, prohibition.
3. damper, wet blanket, cold water; deterrent, hindrance, impediment, obstacle, barricade, preclusion, interference, Inf setback; curb, check, control, rein, restraint, constraint; repression, restriction, inhibition; rebuff, slap in the face, Inf put-down.
discourse, n. 1. conversation, talk, dialogue, colloquy, converse, interlocution, verbal exchange; chat, chitchat, palaver, confabulation, Inf. confab, table talk.
2. address, speech, oration, declamation, Rhet. apostrophe, salutation, valedictory; lecture, sermon, screed, harangue, diatribe, philippic; treatise, study, thesis, dissertation, descant, essay.
-v. 3. converse, talk, discuss, speak, chat, chitchat, confabulate, Inf. confab, coze, pass the time of day, Brit. Dial, tell, Sl. rap, Sl. chin, Sl. chew the fat or rag, Sl. shoot the breeze or bull, Sl. bull.
4. address, deliver an address, make a speech, give a talk, soapbox, platform, take the floor; declaim, hold forth, lecture, sermonize, preach, pontificate; harangue, rant, rave, rant and rave, Inf. spout, out-herod Herod.
discourteous, adj. rude, impolite, uncivil, unceremonious, unmannerly, bad-mannered, ill-bred, disrespectful, misbehaved; indelicate, uncourtly, ungallant, indecorous, ungracious; ungentlemanly, unladylike, brash, bold, hoydenish, Scot. randy; brazen, barefaced, insolent, impudent, insulting, impertinent, pert, saucy, fresh; bluff, surly, sullen, bearish, gruff; inconsiderate, tactless, Scot. and North Eng. misleared; abrupt, blunt, brusque, curt, clipped, short; rough, crude, boorish, churlish, loutish, vulgar, coarse,
discourtesy, n. 1. rudeness, impoliteness, incivility, unmannerliness; inconsideration, tactlessness, disrespectfulness, misbehavior; ungraciousness, indecorum, uncourtliness, ungentlemanliness, hoyden-ism; brashness, boldness, brazenness, insolence, impudence, impertinence, pertness, tartness, sauciness, freshness; flippancy, arrogance, cheek, lip, effrontery, presumption; surliness, sulkiness, bearishness, churlishness; abruptness, bluntness, brusqueness, curtness, shortness, harshness; uncouthness, coarseness, crudeness, crudity, vulgarity; boorishness, loutishness.
2. snub, insult, affront; rebuff, come back, snide remark, short answer, hard words; sulks, scowl, frown, black looks.
discover, v. 1. discern, detect, descry, espy, notice, make out, perceive, distinguish, recognize, catch a glimpse of, catch sight of, Inf. spot; see, behold, observe, view, Brit, twig, Archaic, ken.
2. locate, find, determine, ascertain, put one's finger on; uncover, unearth, bring to light, turn up, dig up, root out, ferret out, smoke out, search out.