Definition of Discouragement

1. Noun. The feeling of despair in the face of obstacles.

Exact synonyms: Disheartenment, Dismay
Generic synonyms: Despair
Specialized synonyms: Intimidation
Derivative terms: Discourage, Dishearten, Dismay



2. Noun. The expression of opposition and disapproval.
Generic synonyms: Disapproval
Specialized synonyms: Disheartenment, Dissuasion, Determent, Deterrence, Intimidation
Antonyms: Encouragement

3. Noun. The act of discouraging. "The discouragement of petty theft"
Generic synonyms: Deterrence
Derivative terms: Discourage

Definition of Discouragement

1. n. The act of discouraging, or the state of being discouraged; depression or weakening of confidence; dejection.

Definition of Discouragement

1. Noun. the act of discouraging or the state of being discouraged ¹

2. Noun. anything that discourages ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Discouragement

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Discouragement

1. 1. The act of discouraging, or the state of being discouraged; depression or weakening of confidence; dejection. 2. That which discourages; that which deters, or tends to deter, from an undertaking, or from the prosecution of anything; a determent; as, the revolution was commenced under every possible discouragement. "Discouragements from vice." Origin: Cf. OF. Descouragement, F. Decouragement. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Discouragement

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discourse marker

Literary usage of Discouragement

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. La démocratie libérale by Thomas Hodgkin, Etienne Vacherot (1896)
"... When the citizens saw these two great roads to the iii the south blocked, discouragement began to fill their hearts. ..."

2. Southern History of the War by Edward Alfred Pollard (1865)
"Discouragement of the North.—The Gold Barometer.—Secretary Chase's Declaration.—SHERMAN'S " ON-TO-ATLANTA."—His Flanking Movement. ..."

3. Samuel F.B. Morse: His Letters and Journals by Samuel Finley Breese Morse, Edward Lind Morse (1914)
"Discouragement through lack of funds. — No help from his associates. — Improvements in telegraph made by Morse. ..."

4. Samuel F.B. Morse: His Letters and Journals by Samuel Finley Breese Morse, Edward Lind Morse (1914)
"Discouragement through lack of funds. — No help from his associates. — Improvements in telegraph made by Morse. — Humorous letter. MORSE sailed from Europe ..."

5. The Edinburgh Review by Sydney Smith (1869)
"The sort of discouragement under which Dr. Milman passed great part of his life on the part of his orthodox brethren—it were great exaggeration to term it ..."

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