discouragement

[dih-skur-ij-muhnt, -skuhr-]
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:
1555–65; < Middle French descouragement, Old French descoragement. See discourage, -ment

overdiscouragement, noun
prediscouragement, noun


2. depression, dejection, hopelessness. See despair. 3. deterrent, damper, impediment, obstacle, obstruction.


1–3. encouragement.
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discourage (dɪsˈkʌrɪdʒ)
 
vb
1.  to deprive of the will to persist in something
2.  to inhibit; prevent: this solution discourages rust
3.  to oppose by expressing disapproval
 
dis'couragement
 
n
 
dis'courager
 
n
 
dis'couragingly
 
adv

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Example sentences
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.
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