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discouragement

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noun dis·cour·age·ment \-mənt\

Simple Definition of discouragement

  • : the act of making something less likely to happen or of making people less likely to do something

  • : a feeling of having lost hope or confidence

  • : something (such as a failure or difficulty) that discourages someone

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of discouragement

  1. 1 :  the act of discouraging :  the state of being discouraged

  2. 2 :  something that discourages

Examples of discouragement in a sentence

  1. the discouragement of drug use among teenagers

  2. She expressed discouragement over the difficulty of finding a good job.

  3. The team's losses have left fans with a feeling of discouragement.

  4. He says that the tax is a discouragement to doing business in this state.

  5. Despite the discouragements of the past week, we need to continue moving forward.



1561

First Known Use of discouragement

1561



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