Definition of discouragement in English:

discouragement

noun

  • 1mass noun A loss of confidence or enthusiasm; dispiritedness.

    ‘do not give in to discouragement’
    • ‘The feeling of discouragement usually goes away within a reasonable length of time.’
    • ‘The female looks at them with an air of discouragement.’
    • ‘During the resultant three-hour detour, we encountered sundry additional discouragements.’
    • ‘This will prevent the mind from sinking into discouragement or aimlessness.’
    • ‘This serves as a discouragement to help the poor.’
    • ‘Their own families have never uttered a word of discouragement.’
    • ‘Without the added burden of discouragement, the freedom of emotional release becomes inevitable.’
    • ‘Such labelling has serious consequences for all members of the group concerned, often leading to discouragement.’
    • ‘Let us go on with our work as briskly as possible, whatever temporary discouragements we may meet with.’
    • ‘It takes both perseverance and technical knowledge to avoid discouragement and get to the good eats.’
    • ‘Our goals should be high enough to motivate yet realistic enough to avoid discouragement.’
    • ‘Each in turn rescued Matisse from deep discouragement by providing a way to kick-start his imagination.’
    • ‘Editor after editor has resigned in quiet discouragement over profit pressures in recent years.’
    • ‘The pastor who cannot manage a growing church will be filled with frustration and discouragement.’
    • ‘Most people give up upon hearing a negative response or discouragement.’
    • ‘Their discouragement produced symptoms of the psychological harm called learned helplessness.’
    • ‘You must resist this discouragement by having the attitude that there is no pain you will not endure for spiritual victory.’
    • ‘When love is functioning properly in our lives it dispels discouragement, despondency and despair.’
    • ‘I will never surrender to discouragement or despair no matter what seeming obstacles may confront me.’
    • ‘They are the people fatigue and discouragement will take down first.’
    dispiritedness, downheartedness, dejection, depression, demoralization, disappointment, despondency, hopelessness, lack of enthusiasm, lack of confidence, pessimism, despair, gloom, gloominess, low spirits
    deterrent, disincentive
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  • 2An attempt to prevent something by showing disapproval or creating difficulties; deterrent.

    ‘the discouragement of crime’
    • ‘And none of this is meant as a discouragement from investing in Kino's superb new seven-disc Griffith package.’
    • ‘The South Korean government is also slowly changing its long-time discouragement of foreign participation in the economy.’
    • ‘I would advocate active discouragement of such appeals.’
    • ‘And the discouragement of games in public places intensifies the problem.’
    • ‘Heath pursued his European vision against every discouragement.’
    • ‘Setting aside the discouragement of friends, they packed their bags and got ready to leave.’
    • ‘There is a stronger tradition of discouragement of close modeling of writing than there is of close modeling of imagery.’
    • ‘I cannot see that there is any discouragement of the implementation of a higher standard if the Member State chooses to impose it.’
    • ‘There is far too many who seem to believe they have a ministry of discouragement.’
    • ‘If Chan had taken my class, he would have heard my discouragement of naming names or political parties.’
    • ‘She is a working model of how an individual can use this right despite the discouragement of outside parties.’
    • ‘There is further discouragement for the players in that in the workplace only 3 % of reinstatement appeals are successful.’
    • ‘Honestly, I have never given him any form of encouragement, and believe me, I have taken every possible opportunity for discouragement.’
    • ‘This is a discouragement to States from using the qualifications contained, for example, in Arts 8-11 for illegitimate purposes.’
    • ‘One of the great sins of the Christian church is the discouragement of doubting.’
    • ‘Despite official discouragement of settlement, Newfoundland became de facto the first overseas British colony.’
    • ‘There is no logic in this — the idea ought to be a stimulus instead of a discouragement.’
    • ‘I think one of the great losses in all of this trouble has been the discouragement of women from performing.’

Pronunciation

discouragement

/dɪsˈkʌrɪdʒm(ə)nt/