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.’
    • ‘Our goals should be high enough to motivate yet realistic enough to avoid discouragement.’
    • ‘This will prevent the mind from sinking into discouragement or aimlessness.’
    • ‘It takes both perseverance and technical knowledge to avoid discouragement and get to the good eats.’
    • ‘Such labelling has serious consequences for all members of the group concerned, often leading to discouragement.’
    • ‘Their discouragement produced symptoms of the psychological harm called learned helplessness.’
    • ‘Let us go on with our work as briskly as possible, whatever temporary discouragements we may meet with.’
    • ‘During the resultant three-hour detour, we encountered sundry additional discouragements.’
    • ‘They are the people fatigue and discouragement will take down first.’
    • ‘When love is functioning properly in our lives it dispels discouragement, despondency and despair.’
    • ‘Their own families have never uttered a word of discouragement.’
    • ‘The pastor who cannot manage a growing church will be filled with frustration and discouragement.’
    • ‘Editor after editor has resigned in quiet discouragement over profit pressures in recent years.’
    • ‘You must resist this discouragement by having the attitude that there is no pain you will not endure for spiritual victory.’
    • ‘Without the added burden of discouragement, the freedom of emotional release becomes inevitable.’
    • ‘Most people give up upon hearing a negative response or discouragement.’
    • ‘The female looks at them with an air of discouragement.’
    • ‘This serves as a discouragement to help the poor.’
    • ‘Each in turn rescued Matisse from deep discouragement by providing a way to kick-start his imagination.’
    • ‘I will never surrender to discouragement or despair no matter what seeming obstacles may confront me.’
    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’
    • ‘Despite official discouragement of settlement, Newfoundland became de facto the first overseas British colony.’
    • ‘Heath pursued his European vision against every discouragement.’
    • ‘There is far too many who seem to believe they have a ministry of discouragement.’
    • ‘And none of this is meant as a discouragement from investing in Kino's superb new seven-disc Griffith package.’
    • ‘I think one of the great losses in all of this trouble has been the discouragement of women from performing.’
    • ‘This is a discouragement to States from using the qualifications contained, for example, in Arts 8-11 for illegitimate purposes.’
    • ‘She is a working model of how an individual can use this right despite the discouragement of outside parties.’
    • ‘There is no logic in this — the idea ought to be a stimulus instead of a discouragement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is further discouragement for the players in that in the workplace only 3 % of reinstatement appeals are successful.’
    • ‘If Chan had taken my class, he would have heard my discouragement of naming names or political parties.’
    • ‘And the discouragement of games in public places intensifies the problem.’
    • ‘Honestly, I have never given him any form of encouragement, and believe me, I have taken every possible opportunity for discouragement.’
    • ‘Setting aside the discouragement of friends, they packed their bags and got ready to leave.’
    • ‘One of the great sins of the Christian church is the discouragement of doubting.’
    • ‘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 a stronger tradition of discouragement of close modeling of writing than there is of close modeling of imagery.’

Pronunciation

discouragement

/dɪsˈkʌrɪdʒm(ə)nt/