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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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  • Depression can appear as anger and discouragement, rather than feelings of sadness.
  • It was a winter of discouragement and fear, not a happy time to be born.
  • My job-market experience was five years of solid discouragement.
  • He outlawed discouragement and fostered creativity and risk-taking.
  • Of the mixture of paranoia and disorientation, of the ways in which discouragement turns into resignation, then submission.
  • Or if he does, he'll tell you to go to the philosophy department, that being meant in a condescending way and as a discouragement.
  • One discouragement to reading is that books are expensive.
  • However, its discouragement of corporate investment is among the highest in the developed world.
  • The party is envious of the large congregations that still flock to temples, despite decades of official discouragement.
  • But uncertainty about energy supply is another discouragement to investors.

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