Definitions and Examples of discourage, dissuade
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To cause someone to lose confidence or enthusiasm; to dissuade from doing something.
The coach tried to discourage the team from giving up, even though they were losing.
To persuade someone not to do something; to discourage or prevent from taking action.
I tried to dissuade my friend from buying that expensive car, but he didn't listen.
Key Differences: discourage vs dissuade
- 1Discourage implies a loss of confidence or enthusiasm, while dissuade implies an active attempt to prevent someone from taking action.
- 2Discourage is often used in a general sense, while dissuade is more specific and implies a direct attempt to persuade someone not to do something.
Effective Usage of discourage, dissuade
- 1Persuasion: Use blandished when trying to persuade someone to do something.
- 2Opposition: Use discourage or dissuade when trying to prevent someone from doing something.
- 3Advice: Use discourage or dissuade when giving advice to someone who is considering a risky or unwise action.
The antonyms discourage and dissuade convey a negative or opposing action to the persuasion or flattery implied by blandished. While discourage implies a loss of confidence or enthusiasm, dissuade implies an active attempt to prevent someone from taking action. Use blandished for persuasion and discourage or dissuade for opposition or advice.