[dih-skur-ij-muhnt, -skuhr-]


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 formso·ver·dis·cour·age·ment, nounpre·dis·cour·age·ment, noun

Synonyms for discouragement

Synonym study

2. See despair.

Antonyms for discouragement

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Examples from the Web for discouragement

Historical Examples of discouragement

  • 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.