discouraging

If something is discouraging, it makes you lose your hope or confidence. A discouraging grade in your science class might make you rethink your plans to become a marine biologist.

The adjective discouraging comes from dis-, "away" or "lack of," and the Old French coragier, "spirit." Things that cause you to lose your spirit are certainly discouraging, from disheartening election results to a difficult conversation with your parents about your allowance. It can be discouraging to watch the news sometimes, and you might need to seek out some positive, encouraging stories to rebuild your spirit from time to time.

Definitions of discouraging
  1. adjective
    depriving of confidence or hope or enthusiasm and hence often deterring action
    “where never is heard a discouraging word”
    Synonyms:
    daunting, intimidating
    discouraging through fear
    demoralising, demoralizing, disheartening, dispiriting
    destructive of morale and self-reliance
    frustrating
    discouraging by hindering
    unencouraging
    not encouraging
    unhelpful
    providing no assistance
    hopeless
    without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success
    dissuasive
    deterring from action
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    Antonyms:
    encouraging
    giving courage or confidence or hope
    reassuring
    restoring confidence and relieving anxiety
    exhortative, exhortatory, hortative, hortatory
    giving strong encouragement
    heartening, inspiriting, uplifting
    cheerfully encouraging
    promotive
    tending to further or encourage
    rallying
    rousing or recalling to unity and renewed effort
    helpful
    providing assistance or serving a useful function
    hopeful
    having or manifesting hope
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  2. adjective
    expressing disapproval
    Synonyms:
    dissuasive
    deterring from action
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