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[dih-skur-ij-muh nt, -skuhr-] /dɪˈskɜr ɪdʒ mənt, -ˈskʌr-/
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 forms
overdiscouragement, noun
prediscouragement, noun
2. depression, dejection, hopelessness. See despair. 3. deterrent, damper, impediment, obstacle, obstruction.
1–3. encouragement. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They are suffering from a mental disease of discouragement and loss of hope.

    The Victorious Attitude Orison Swett Marden
  • I have worked harder than ever I did and discouragement has slapped me on the face.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • The lack of a practical easel will cost you far more in trouble and discouragement than the saving will make up for.

    The Painter in Oil Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
  • He has his orders, and would be marked for discouragement if he overstepped them.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • For a minute or two he sat down and howled from sheer lonesomeness and discouragement.

    Bowser The Hound Thornton W. Burgess
  • The inutility of these attempts proved no manner of discouragement to the Spaniards.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • "Ah," there was a tinge of discouragement in the other's voice.

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

  • I want people to move to get what they want in spite of any discouragement anybody throws at them.

    Operation: Outer Space William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • I cannot tell, I cannot tell,' said the young girl with an expression of discouragement. '

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