discouragement

noun

dis·​cour·​age·​ment di-ˈskər-ij-mənt How to pronounce discouragement (audio)
-ˈkə-rij-
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.
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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Discouragement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discouragement. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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discouragement

noun
dis·​cour·​age·​ment dis-ˈkər-ij-mənt How to pronounce discouragement (audio)
-ˈkə-rij-
1
: an act of discouraging : the state of being discouraged
2
: something that discourages

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