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[dih-skur-ij-muh nt, -skuhr-]
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  1. an act or instance of discouraging.
  2. the state of being discouraged.
  3. something that discourages: Poor health and poverty are grave discouragements.
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Origin of discouragement

1555–65; < Middle French descouragement, Old French descoragement. See discourage, -ment
Related formso·ver·dis·cour·age·ment, nounpre·dis·cour·age·ment, noun


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2. depression, dejection, hopelessness. 3. deterrent, damper, impediment, obstacle, obstruction.

Synonym study

2. See despair.


1–3. encouragement.
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Examples from the Web for discouragement

Historical Examples

  • 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 inutility of these attempts proved no manner of discouragement to the Spaniards.

    The History of Louisiana

    Le Page Du Pratz

  • His thoughts of death and his discouragement were now far away.