dis·​cour·​age·​ment | \ di-ˈskər-ij-mənt How to pronounce discouragement (audio) , -ˈkə-rij- \

Definition of discouragement

1 : the act of discouraging : the state of being discouraged
2 : something that discourages

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Examples of discouragement in a Sentence

the discouragement of drug use among teenagers She expressed discouragement over the difficulty of finding a good job. The team's losses have left fans with a feeling of discouragement. He says that the tax is a discouragement to doing business in this state. Despite the discouragements of the past week, we need to continue moving forward.
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Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps opponents exhale too deeply and overestimate just how much disarray and discouragement there is on the other sideline. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Bears Week 13 storylines: The instant success of interim coaches, David Montgomery’s longest run and Matt Nagy’s stern tone," 4 Dec. 2020 The decision reportedly drew the wrath of the Trump campaign, which always counts on Fox News for succor, not early discouragement. Bill Carter For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Election Night was an edge-of-the-seat show, but viewers are ready for it to be over," 5 Nov. 2020 Harriette’s discouragement was palpable, after years of facing the same threats side by side with Harry. Francine Uenuma, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Unsolved Murder of Civil Rights Activist Harry Moore," 26 Feb. 2020 Having Cunningham around team facilities will help, but what might be the best method of discouragement for questionable off-field behavior is COVID-19. oregonlive, "Will the Raiders hit the jackpot in Las Vegas?: 10 questions facing the Las Vegas Raiders as training camp opens," 2 Aug. 2020 But there was growing discouragement with the listless play of late. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres part ways with manager Andy Green," 21 Sep. 2019 Yet wariness of legal restriction of dissent needn't preclude other means of discouragement or redirection as the protest impulse rises. Bonnie Kristian, TheWeek, "What lockdown protests are really about," 22 Apr. 2020 Family business owners feel guilt, shame and discouragement if those who depend on us are harmed. CBS News, "Letters from the storefront: Coronavirus' crushing impact on small business in America," 5 Apr. 2020 Isn’t this discouragement enough to make drivers want to stay off our roads? BostonGlobe.com, "Should Massachusetts adopt congestion pricing to ease traffic on its roadways?," 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of discouragement

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of discouragement was in 1561

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18 Dec 2020

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“Discouragement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discouragement. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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

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