[ en-kur-ij-muhnt, -kuhr- ]
/ ɛnˈkɜr ɪdʒ mənt, -ˈkʌr- /


the act of encouraging.
the state of being encouraged.
something that encourages: Praise is the greatest encouragement.

Nearby words

  1. encore,
  2. encounter,
  3. encounter group,
  4. encounter session,
  5. encourage,
  6. encouraging,
  7. encrimson,
  8. encrinite,
  9. encroach,
  10. encroachment

Origin of encouragement

First recorded in 1560–70; encourage + -ment

Related formspre·en·cour·age·ment, nounre·en·cour·age·ment, noun

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Word Origin and History for encouragement



1560s, from encourage + -ment, or from Middle French encoragement.

As a general rule, Providence seldom vouchsafes to mortals any more than just that degree of encouragement which suffices to keep them at a reasonably full exertion of their powers. [Hawthorne, "House of Seven Gables"]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper