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discouragement

[dih-skur-ij-muh nt, -skuhr-] /dɪˈskɜr ɪdʒ mənt, -ˈskʌr-/
noun
1.
an act or instance of discouraging.
2.
the state of being discouraged.
3.
something that discourages:
Poor health and poverty are grave discouragements.
Origin of discouragement
1555-1565
1555-65; < Middle French descouragement, Old French descoragement. See discourage, -ment
Related forms
overdiscouragement, noun
prediscouragement, noun
Synonyms
2. depression, dejection, hopelessness. 3. deterrent, damper, impediment, obstacle, obstruction.
Antonyms
1–3. encouragement.
Synonym Study
2. See despair.
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  • I have worked harder than ever I did and discouragement has slapped me on the face.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • She said this violently, but she let her clasped hands fall in discouragement.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • He has his orders, and would be marked for discouragement if he overstepped them.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • The inutility of these attempts proved no manner of discouragement to the Spaniards.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • He became calmer, allowing his arms to fall by his side in discouragement.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • His thoughts of death and his discouragement were now far away.

  • I cannot tell, I cannot tell,' said the young girl with an expression of discouragement. '

  • You must not be surprised, then, at our discouragement and our impatience.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • That there is much in the present situation, both of encouragement and discouragement, is patent.

    The Negro Farmer Carl Kelsey
  • "It won't do; it won't do at all," said Bison Billiam, in a tone almost of discouragement.

    The Trimming of Goosie James Hopper

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