What is the opposite of encourage?

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Opposite of to drive spiritually or urge someone on
“I wouldn't want to discourage them, but I would urge caution and some sensible risk assessment.”
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Opposite of to champion or foster a cause
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“We must oppose any trade rules based on even the most minimalist form of reciprocity in market access.”
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Opposite of to advise or persuade in favor of something
“He could have tried to dissuade her or, at the very least, adjusted his strategy accordingly.”
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Opposite of to free from fear, doubt or anxiety
“They might in fact, have borne down a great deal more than they met with, for there was little to distress them beyond the want of graciousness and warmth.”
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Opposite of to persuade someone to do something
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Opposite of to promote the use, sale, or acceptance of
“The supermarket has decided to pull some of its products from the shelves.”
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Opposite of to instruct or urge (someone) to do something
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Opposite of to advise or suggest (something) as a course of action
“No one should discommend teaching future citizens to think critically and to subject orthodoxies and truisms to rigorous examination.”
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Opposite of to provide encouragement to
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Opposite of to offer a recommendation
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Opposite of make or become deep or deeper
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Opposite of to be supportive of someone
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Opposite of to bring or invite someone to share in an activity
“Harmful gossip and rumors can create tension, factionalize groups and ostracize individuals.”
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Opposite of to cause or incite a fight or confrontation
“He flashed a crooked smile and came forward with much more zeal to end the battle once and for all.”
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Opposite of to enthusiastically applaud or approve of
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Opposite of to sustain or support (something which has been questioned)
“The respondent requests that this matter be deferred until his motions are resolved, as he is seeking to overturn the verdict in his case.”
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Opposite of to persuade someone of the merits of
“He would then proceed to slander his opponent with libelous claims.”
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