[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.

Nearby words

  1. discount store,
  2. discounted cash flow,
  3. discountenance,
  4. discounter,
  5. discourage,
  6. discourse,
  7. discourse analysis,
  8. discourteous,
  9. discourtesy,
  10. discover

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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