Definition of discouragement in English:

discouragement

noun

  • 1A loss of confidence or enthusiasm; dispiritedness.

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

Pronunciation

discouragement

/ˌdɪsˈkərɪdʒmənt//ˌdisˈkərijmənt/