Disconvenient Dis`con·ven"ient adjective Not convenient or congruous; unsuitable; ill-adapted. [ Obsolete] Bp. Reynolds.
Discophora Dis·coph"o·ra noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ... disk + ... to bear.] (Zoology) A division of acalephs or jellyfishes, including most of the large disklike species. -- Dis*coph"o*rous adjective
Discord Dis"cord` noun
[ Middle English discord
, Old French discorde
, French discorde
, from Latin discordia
, from discors
, - cordis
, discordant, disagreeable; dis-
, heart; confer French discord
, and Old French descorder
, French discorder
, to discord, Latin discordare
, from discors
. See Heart
, and confer Discord
, intransitive verb
] 1. Want of concord or agreement; absence of unity or harmony in sentiment or action; variance leading to contention and strife; disagreement; -- applied to persons or to things, and to thoughts, feelings, or purposes.
A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. Prov. vi. 19.
Peace to arise out of universal discord fomented in all parts of the empire. Burke. 2. (Mus.) Union of musical sounds which strikes the ear harshly or disagreeably, owing to the incommensurability of the vibrations which they produce; want of musical concord or harmony; a chord demanding resolution into a concord.
For a discord itself is but a harshness of divers sounds m.........ing. Bacon. Apple of discord
. See under Apple . Syn.
-- Variance; difference; opposition; contrariety; clashing; dissension; contention; strife; disagreement; dissonance.
Discord Dis·cord" intransitive verb
[ Middle English discorden
, from the French. See Discord
] To disagree; to be discordant; to jar; to clash; not to suit.
The one discording with the other. Bacon.
Discordable Dis·cord"a·ble adjective [ Confer Old French descordable .] That may produce discord; disagreeing; discordant. [ R.] Halliwell.
Discordance, Discordancy Dis·cord"ance, Dis·cord"an·cy noun
[ Confer French discordance
.] State or quality of being discordant; disagreement; inconsistency.
There will arise a thousand discordances of opinion. I. Taylor.
Discordant Dis·cord"ant adjective
[ Middle English discordant
, Old French descordant
, French discordant
, present participle of discorder
, Old French also, descorder
. See Discord
] 1. Disagreeing; incongruous; being at variance; clashing; opposing; not harmonious.
The discordant elements out of which the emperor had compounded his realm did not coalesce. Motley. 2.
[ See Discord
] (Mus.) Dissonant; not in harmony or musical concord; harsh; jarring; as, discordant notes or sounds.
For still their music seemed to start Longfellow. 3. (Geol.) Said of strata which lack conformity in direction of bedding, either as in unconformability, or as caused by a fault. Syn.
Discordant echoes in each heart.
-- Disagreeing; incongruous; contradictory; repugnant; opposite; contrary; inconsistent; dissonant; harsh; jarring; irreconcilable. -- Dis*cord"ant*ly
Discordful Dis·cord"ful adjective Full of discord; contentious. [ Obsolete] "His discordful dame." Spenser.
Discordous Dis·cord"ous adjective Full of discord. [ Obsolete]
Discorporate Dis·cor"po·rate adjective Deprived of the privileges or form of a body corporate. [ Obsolete] Jas. II.
Discorrespondent Dis·cor`re·spond"ent adjective Incongruous. W. Montagu.
Discost Dis·cost" intransitive verb Same as Discoast . [ Obsolete]
Discounsel Dis·coun"sel transitive verb [ Prefix dis- + counsel : confer Old French desconseiller .] To dissuade. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Discount Dis"count` transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Discounted
; present participle & verbal noun Discounting
.] [ Old French desconter
, to deduct, French décompter
to discount; prefix des-
) + conter
. See Count
] 1. To deduct from an account, debt, charge, and the like; to make an abatement of; as, merchants sometimes discount five or six per cent for prompt payment of bills. 2. To lend money upon, deducting the discount or allowance for interest; as, the banks discount notes and bills of exchange.
Discount only unexceptionable paper. Walsh. 3. To take into consideration beforehand; to anticipate and form conclusions concerning (an event). 4. To leave out of account; to take no notice of.
Of the three opinions (I discount Brown's). Sir W. Hamilton.
Discount Dis"count` intransitive verb To lend, or make a practice of lending, money, abating the discount; as, the discount for sixty or ninety days.
Discount Dis"count` noun [ Confer French décompte . See Discount , transitive verb ] 1. A counting off or deduction made from a gross sum on any account whatever; an allowance upon an account, debt, demand, price asked, and the like; something taken or deducted. 2. A deduction made for interest, in advancing money upon, or purchasing, a bill or note not due; payment in advance of interest upon money. 3. The rate of interest charged in discounting. At a discount , below par, or below the nominal value; hence, colloquially, out of favor; poorly esteemed; depreciated. -- Bank discount , a sum equal to the interest at a given rate on the principal (face) of a bill or note from the time of discounting until it become due. -- Discount broker , one who makes a business of discounting commercial paper; a bill broker. -- Discount day , a particular day of the week when a bank discounts bills. -- True discount , the interest which, added to a principal, will equal the face of a note when it becomes due. The principal yielding this interest is the present value of the note.
Discountable Dis·count"a·ble adjective Capable of being, or suitable to be, discounted; as, certain forms are necessary to render notes discountable at a bank.
Discountenance Dis·coun"te·nance transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Discountenanced
; present participle & verbal noun Discountenancing
.] [ Prefix dis-
: confer Old French descontenancer
, French décontenancer
.] 1. To ruffle or discompose the countenance of; to put of countenance; to put to shame; to abash.
How would one look from his majestic brow . . . Milton.
Discountenance her despised!
The hermit was somewhat discountenanced by this observation. Sir W. Scott. 2. To refuse to countenance, or give the support of one's approval to; to give one's influence against; to restrain by cold treatment; to discourage.
A town meeting was convened to discountenance riot. Bancroft.
Discountenance Dis·coun"te·nance noun Unfavorable aspect; unfriendly regard; cold treatment; disapprobation; whatever tends to check or discourage.
He thought a little discountenance on those persons would suppress that spirit. Clarendon.
Discountenancer Dis·coun"te·nan·cer noun One who discountenances; one who disfavors. Bacon.
Discounter Dis"count`er noun One who discounts; a discount broker. Burke.
Discourage Dis·cour"age transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Discouraged
; present participle & verbal noun Discouraging
.] [ Prefix dis-
: confer Old French descoragier
, French décourager
: prefix des-
) + corage
, French courage
. See Courage
.] 1. To extinguish the courage of; to dishearten; to depress the spirits of; to deprive of confidence; to deject; -- the opposite of encourage ; as, he was discouraged in his undertaking; he need not be discouraged from a like attempt.
Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged . Col. iii. 21. 2. To dishearten one with respect to; to discountenance; to seek to check by disfavoring; to deter one from; as, they discouraged his efforts. Syn.
-- To dishearten; dispirit; depress; deject; dissuade; disfavor.
Discourage Dis·cour"age noun Lack of courage; cowardliness.
Discourageable Dis·cour"age·a·ble adjective Capable of being discouraged; easily disheartened. Bp. Hall.
Discouragement Dis·cour"age·ment noun [ Confer Old French descouragement , French découragement .] 1. The act of discouraging, or the state of being discouraged; depression or weakening of confidence; dejection. 2. That which discourages; that which deters, or tends to deter, from an undertaking, or from the prosecution of anything; a determent; as, the revolution was commenced under every possible discouragement . " Discouragements from vice." Swift.
Discourager Dis·cour"a·ger noun One who discourages.
The promoter of truth and the discourager of error. Sir G. C. Lewis.
Discouraging Dis·cour"a·ging adjective Causing or indicating discouragement. -- Dis*cour"a*ging*ly , adverb
Discoure Dis·coure" transitive verb To discover.
That none might her discoure . Spenser.
Discourse Dis·course" noun
[ Latin discursus
a running to and fro, discourse, from discurrere
, to run to and fro, to discourse; dis-
to run: confer French discours
. See Course
.] 1. The power of the mind to reason or infer by running, as it were, from one fact or reason to another, and deriving a conclusion; an exercise or act of this power; reasoning; range of reasoning faculty.
Difficult, strange, and harsh to the discourses of natural reason. South.
Sure he that made us with such large discourse , Shak. 2. Conversation; talk.
Looking before and after, gave us not
That capability and godlike reason
To fust in us unused.
In their discourses after supper. Shak.
Filling the head with variety of thoughts, and the mouth with copious discourse . Locke. 3. The art and manner of speaking and conversing.
Of excellent breeding, admirable discourse . Shak. 4. Consecutive speech, either written or unwritten, on a given line of thought; speech; treatise; dissertation; sermon, etc.; as, the preacher gave us a long discourse on duty. 5. Dealing; transaction.
Good Captain Bessus, tell us the discourse Beau. & Fl.
Betwixt Tigranes and our king, and how
We got the victory.
Discourse Dis·course" intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Discoursed
; present participle & verbal noun Discoursing
.] 1. To exercise reason; to employ the mind in judging and inferring; to reason.
[ Obsolete] "Have sense or can discourse
." Dryden. 2. To express one's self in oral discourse; to expose one's views; to talk in a continuous or formal manner; to hold forth; to speak; to converse.
Bid me discourse , I will enchant thine ear. Shak. 3. To relate something; to tell. Shak. 4. To treat of something in writing and formally.
Discourse Dis·course" transitive verb 1. To treat of; to expose or set forth in language.
The life of William Tyndale . . . is sufficiently and at large discoursed in the book. Foxe. 2. To utter or give forth; to speak.
It will discourse most eloquent music. Shak. 3. To talk to; to confer with.
I have spoken to my brother, who is the patron, to discourse the minister about it. Evelyn.
Discourser Dis·cours"er noun 1. One who discourse; a narrator; a speaker; an haranguer.
In his conversation he was the most clear discourser . Milward. 2. The writer of a treatise or dissertation.
Philologers and critical discoursers . Sir T. Browne.
Discoursive Dis·cours"ive adjective
[ See Discursive
.] 1. Reasoning; characterized by reasoning; passing from premises to consequences; discursive. Milton. 2. Containing dialogue or conversation; interlocutory.
The epic is everywhere interlaced with dialogue or discoursive scenes. Dryden. 3. Inclined to converse; conversable; communicative; as, a discoursive man.
Discoursive Dis·cours"ive noun The state or quality of being discoursive or able to reason. [ R.] Feltham.
Discourteous Dis·cour"te·ous adjective [ Prefix dis- + courteous : confer Old French discortois .] Uncivil; rude; wanting in courtesy or good manners; uncourteous. -- Dis*cour"te*ous*ly , adverb -- Dis*cour"te*ous*ness , noun
Discourtesy Dis·cour"te·sy noun
[ Prefix dis-
: confer Old French descourtoisie
.] Rudeness of behavior or language; ill manners; manifestation of disrespect; incivility.
Be calm in arguing; for fierceness makes Herbert.
Error a fault, and truth discourtesy .
Discourtship Dis·court"ship noun Want of courtesy. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.
Discous Disc"ous adjective [ Latin discus disk. See Disk .] Disklike; discoid.
Discovenant Dis·cov"e·nant transitive verb To dissolve covenant with.
Discover Dis·cov"er transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Discovered
; present participle & verbal noun Discovering
.] [ Middle English discoveren
, Old French descovrir
, French découvrir
) + couvrir
to cover. See Cover
.] 1. To uncover.
Whether any man hath pulled down or discovered any church. Abp. Grindal. 2. To disclose; to lay open to view; to make visible; to reveal; to make known; to show (what has been secret, unseen, or unknown).
Go, draw aside the curtains, and discover Shak.
The several caskets to this noble prince.
Prosperity doth best discover vice; but adversity doth best discover virtue. Bacon.
We will discover ourselves unto them. 1 Sam. xiv. 8.
Discover not a secret to another. Prov. xxv. 9. 3. To obtain for the first time sight or knowledge of, as of a thing existing already, but not perceived or known; to find; to ascertain; to espy; to detect.
Some to discover islands far away. Shak. 4. To manifest without design; to show.
The youth discovered a taste for sculpture. C. J. Smith. 5. To explore; to examine.
[ Obsolete] Syn.
-- To disclose; bring out; exhibit; show; manifest; reveal; communicate; impart; tell; espy; find; out; detect. -- To Discover
. We discover
what existed before, but remained unknown; we invent
by forming combinations which are either entirely new, or which attain their end by means unknown before. Columbus discovered
America; Newton discovered
the law of gravitation; Whitney invented
the cotton gin; Galileo invented
Discover Dis·cov"er intransitive verb To discover or show one's self.
This done, they discover . Decker.
Nor was this the first time that they discovered to be followers of this world. Milton.
Discoverability Dis·cov`er·a·bil"i·ty noun The quality of being discoverable. [ R.] Carlyle.
Discoverable Dis·cov"er·a·ble adjective Capable of being discovered, found out, or perceived; as, many minute animals are discoverable only by the help of the microscope; truths discoverable by human industry.
Discoverer Dis·cov"er·er noun 1. One who discovers; one who first comes to the knowledge of something; one who discovers an unknown country, or a new principle, truth, or fact.
The discoverers and searchers of the land. Sir W. Raleigh. 2. A scout; an explorer. Shak.
Discoverment Dis·cov"er·ment noun Discovery. [ Obsolete]
Discovert Dis·cov"ert adjective [ Confer French découvert uncovered, Old French descovert . See Discover , Covert .] (Law) Not covert; not within the bonds of matrimony; unmarried; -- applied either to a woman who has never married or to a widow.
Discovert Dis·cov"ert noun An uncovered place or part. [ Obsolete] At discovert , uncovered. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Discoverture Dis·cov"er·ture noun [ Prefix dis- + coverture : confer Old French descoverture .] 1. Discovery. [ Obsolete] 2. (Law) A state of being released from coverture; freedom of a woman from the coverture of a husband.
Discovery Dis·cov"er·y noun
; plural Discoveries 1. The action of discovering; exposure to view; laying open; showing; as, the discovery of a plot. 2. A making known; revelation; disclosure; as, a bankrupt is bound to make a full discovery of his assets.
In the clear discoveries of the next [ world]. South. 3. Finding out or ascertaining something previously unknown or unrecognized; as, Harvey's discovery of the circulation of the blood.
A brilliant career of discovery and conquest. Prescott.
We speak of the "invention" of printing, the discovery of America. Trench. 4. That which is discovered; a thing found out, or for the first time ascertained or recognized; as, the properties of the magnet were an important discovery . 5. Exploration; examination.
Discovery Day Dis·cov"er·y Day = Columbus Day , above.
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