discouragement

[ dih-skur-ij-muhnt, -skuhr- ]
/ dɪˈskɜr ɪdʒ mənt, -ˈskʌr- /

noun

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

Synonym study

2. See despair.
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