What word does your mother always say?


[en-kur-ij-muh nt, -kuhr-] /ɛnˈkɜr ɪdʒ mənt, -ˈkʌr-/
the act of encouraging.
the state of being encouraged.
something that encourages:
Praise is the greatest encouragement.
Origin of encouragement
1560-70; encourage + -ment
Related forms
preencouragement, noun
reencouragement, noun
3. praise, support, boost, lift, endorsement. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Any support and encouragement you can get will make it all the more likely that kids will get to play.
  • In addition, private counseling and group therapy provide campers with encouragement and support.
  • He never once offered me constructive criticism, advice, or encouragement.
  • His encouragement of dropping out has prompted plenty of tut-tutting by people who regard him as irresponsible.
  • Each wrestler has a coach at his side to lend encouragement and to herald the heroic deeds of his charge.
  • All parents struggle to find the right balance between encouragement and discipline when it comes to raising their kids.
  • We feel better about our coddling with your encouragement.
  • In fact it took some encouragement from my kids to play it over the weekend.
  • We cheer for our students who need encouragement and counsel those who have fallen off track.
  • The news provides some encouragement that domestic demand may help sustain the economy as global markets cool.
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
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