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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Her subtle discouragement felt disappointing, which in turn signaled that something in me wanted the Senate seat. Sarah Smarsh, Harper’s Magazine , 26 Oct. 2022 Despite the setbacks and discouragement of years earlier, Park was convinced that interest was still there in what Baby Grand could offer New York’s karaoke community. Christine Werthman, Billboard, 7 Oct. 2022 Churchill motivated greatness, Chamberlain sowed discouragement. Jeff Bradford, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 Sadly, lying flat, ghost quitting and anti-work trends show the discouragement and disconnection of young adults from the workplace and economy. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 Good presidents are key for healthy associations and bad presidents bring discouragement, frustration, and risk to the manager, board colleagues, and themselves. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Aug. 2022 Zoning laws are the ultimate encouragement or discouragement for redevelopment. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 June 2022 Despite the board’s discouragement, shareholders passed a proposal to increase investor’s power in nominating directors on the board. Lucy Brewster, Fortune, 6 Aug. 2022 The responses of people around me ranged from encouragement to discouragement. Sophie Cadran, oregonlive, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of discouragement was in 1561

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Cite this Entry

“Discouragement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discouragement. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

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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