discouragement

noun dis·cour·age·ment \ -mənt \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of discouragement

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

Recent Examples of discouragement from the Web

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First Known Use of discouragement

1561


DISCOURAGEMENT Defined for English Language Learners

discouragement

noun

Definition of discouragement for English Language Learners

  • : 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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