discouragement

noun
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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Good presidents are key for healthy associations and bad presidents bring discouragement, frustration, and risk to the manager, board colleagues, and themselves. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Aug. 2022 Zoning laws are the ultimate encouragement or discouragement for redevelopment. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 June 2022 Despite the board’s discouragement, shareholders passed a proposal to increase investor’s power in nominating directors on the board. Lucy Brewster, Fortune, 6 Aug. 2022 The responses of people around me ranged from encouragement to discouragement. Sophie Cadran, oregonlive, 2 Aug. 2022 These days, more women than ever are completing their residency training in surgical specialties, despite ongoing verbal discouragement from some of the men who still dominate these fields. Robert Pearl, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 So applying through various Web portals with little guidance or knowledge on how to use them only led to discouragement. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 Navigating these corridors during training left me with feelings of discomfort, discouragement, and exclusion. Sadhana Jackson, STAT, 14 Apr. 2022 Some left the business in discouragement altogether. Mona Shaikh, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of discouragement

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

26 Sep 2022

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“Discouragement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discouragement. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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