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discouragement

[dih-skur-ij-muh nt, -skuhr-] /dɪˈskɜr ɪdʒ mənt, -ˈskʌr-/
noun
1.
an act or instance of discouraging.
2.
the state of being discouraged.
3.
something that discourages:
Poor health and poverty are grave discouragements.
Origin of discouragement
1555-1565
1555-65; < Middle French descouragement, Old French descoragement. See discourage, -ment
Related forms
overdiscouragement, noun
prediscouragement, noun
Synonyms
2. depression, dejection, hopelessness. See despair. 3. deterrent, damper, impediment, obstacle, obstruction.
Antonyms
1–3. encouragement.
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