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discouragement

noun

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the state of being discouraged
  • I tried desperately to avoid discouragement after failing the bar exam twice

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The first known use of discouragement was in 1561

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“Discouragement.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/discouragement. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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