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 Despite the discouragement of crypto use from China, other countries have embraced it and a number of firms have helped push it mainstream in the U.S. Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News, 21 June 2021 Back at the church for the fourth and final station, Czarnecki referred to the pandemic by saying there was much sadness and discouragement in the world today, but the world needs hope. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, 8 June 2021 The film traces the long path Alsop cut through every detour and discouragement: Her formation of a swing band called String Fever and its subsequent struggle to . . . Washington Post, 23 May 2021 As a further discouragement, Sweden got no economic reward for sacrificing so many residents. Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2021 Having fun is the antidote for discouragement because humans don’t improve with shame and anger, especially children. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2021 The accessibility of Honors/AP classes for BIPOC and students in disadvantaged areas due to transportation and discouragement from staff/faculty to academically challenge students. Anchorage Daily News, 14 Mar. 2021 When the bar for success in cybersecurity is set at absolutely no-risk, the effect is one of discouragement and a lower overall security posture. Itzik Kotler, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 In addition, Gordon’s lawyers contended that very few girls participate in football due to discouragement from players on the team or coaches. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Mar. 2021

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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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4 Jul 2021

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“Discouragement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discouragement. Accessed 24 Jul. 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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