décourager

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French descourager (from whence English discourage), from Old French descouragier, from des- and corage.

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

décourager

  1. to discourage

Related termsEdit

ConjugationEdit

  • This is a regular -er verb, but the stem is written décourage- before endings that begin with -a- or -o- (to indicate that the -g- is a “soft” /ʒ/ and not a “hard” /ɡ/). This spelling-change occurs in all verbs in -ger, such as neiger and manger.
Last modified on 27 March 2014, at 19:27