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[dih-skur-ij-muh nt, -skuhr-] /dɪˈskɜr ɪdʒ mənt, -ˈskʌr-/
an act or instance of discouraging.
the state of being discouraged.
something that discourages:
Poor health and poverty are grave discouragements.
Origin of discouragement
1555-65; < Middle French descouragement, Old French descoragement. See discourage, -ment
Related forms
overdiscouragement, noun
prediscouragement, noun
2. depression, dejection, hopelessness. 3. deterrent, damper, impediment, obstacle, obstruction.
1–3. encouragement.
Synonym Study
2. See despair. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They are suffering from a mental disease of discouragement and loss of hope.

    The Victorious Attitude Orison Swett Marden
  • The goddess Pele has resigned the foreigner in discouragement.

  • The lack of a practical easel will cost you far more in trouble and discouragement than the saving will make up for.

    The Painter in Oil Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
  • Everywhere he found proof of Fogg's neat work of discouragement.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • For a minute or two he sat down and howled from sheer lonesomeness and discouragement.

    Bowser The Hound Thornton W. Burgess
  • Every thought of sickness, sin or discouragement is recorded or bodied forth.

    The Right Knock Helen Van-Anderson
  • "Ah," there was a tinge of discouragement in the other's voice.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • But there is in present tendencies no need for discouragement.

    History of Education Levi Seeley
  • I want people to move to get what they want in spite of any discouragement anybody throws at them.

    Operation: Outer Space William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • In spite of discouragement, he was going to be very nice indeed.

    If Winter Don't Barry Pain

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