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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Gradually, however, my discouragement turned to curiosity. Matt Fuchs, Washington Post, "Be like Serena and Roger: Older amateurs offer tips for maintaining your athletic edge.," 26 Aug. 2019 Parson James After facing discouragement about being open with his sexuality, Parson James made advocacy part of his artistry. Ellise Shafer, Billboard, "Daya, Shea Diamond, K.Flay & More Talk Being Queer Emerging Artists at Billboard Pride Summit," 8 Aug. 2019 Also criticized in the report was Comey’s decision, despite the discouragement of the Justice Department, to reveal to Congress that the FBI was reopening the investigation following the discovery of new emails. Anne Flaherty, Time, "Trump Still Says the FBI Was 'Plotting Against My Election'," 15 June 2018 Even in the new, bigger bins, the cardboard doesn’t always fit, a common discouragement to household recycling. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Blue bins overflow with Amazon and Walmart boxes. But we're actually recycling less," 8 June 2018 Mistaken Goals, as described by psychologists Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs, are indications of a child’s discouragement. Eva Dwight, USA TODAY, "How to deal with it when your kid screams, 'I hate you!'," 18 June 2018 Also criticized in the report was Comey's decision, despite the discouragement of the Justice Department, to reveal to Congress that the FBI was reopening the investigation following the discovery of new emails. chicagotribune.com, "Trump says FBI was 'plotting against' me, casts doubt on potential Mueller interview," 15 June 2018 While the event was well attended, the recent shooting in Santa Fe has led to small feelings of discouragement. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brookfield Central student to host an evening of solidarity to honor victims of gun-violence," 23 May 2018 Frequently the person may have the same perception of themselves and that frequently leads to discouragement and isolation without being aware that this is a diagnosable and treatable condition. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Children aren't the only ones with ADHD; adults get it as well," 17 May 2018

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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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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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