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 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 associate oneself with
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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 declare enthusiastic approval of
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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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Opposite of to provide aid or support to someone
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