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discouragement

noun

  1. (despair)  the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles
    Synonyms: disheartenment, dismay. Type of: despair
  2. (disapproval)  the expression of opposition and disapproval
    Type of: disapproval
  3. (deterrence)  the act of discouraging
    Type of: deterrence

Etymology summary

Old French descoragement
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Depression (mood)

a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person's thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being. Depressed people may feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, worried, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, hurt, or restless... (37 of 3022 words, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

discouragement | discourage | prevent [synonym, sense-specific]

a feeling that it's not worth persisting | the action of discouraging sb or sth | something that discourages you from doing sth | to deprive of the ... (25 of 513 words, 6 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/discouragement

Merriam-Webster:

discouragement | demoralization [synonym, sense-specific] | despair [synonym, sense-specific] | despondency [synonym, sense-specific] | disheartenment [synonym, sense-specific] | dismay [synonym, sense-specific] | dispiritedness [synonym, sense-specific] | encouragement [antonym, sense-specific] | blues [similar, sense-specific] | ...

the act of discouraging; the state of being discouraged | something that discourages (12 of 119 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/discouragement

Macmillan British Dictionary:

discouragement | discouragements [plural]

[uncountable] the feeling you get when you have not achieved something and think it's useless to keep trying | [countable] something that makes you ... (23 of 79 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/discouragement

Oxford Dictionary:

discouragement | dispiritedness [synonym, sense-specific] | deterrent [synonym, sense-specific]

a loss of confidence or enthusiasm; dispiritedness | an attempt to prevent something by showing disapproval or creating difficulties; deterrent (19 of 53 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/discouragement

Random House Dictionary:

discouragement

an act or instance of discouraging. | the state of being discouraged. | something that discourages. (14 of 30 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/discouragement

Cambridge Dictionary:

discouragement [entry 1]

when you have lost your confidence or enthusiasm for something (10 of 25 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/discouragement 1

discouragement [entry 2]

actions to prevent or try to prevent something from happening or someone from doing something (15 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/discouragement 2

American Heritage Dictionary:

discouragement

The act of discouraging. | The condition of being discouraged. | Something that discourages; a deterrent. (14 of 18 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

discouragement

a discouraging | the fact, state, or feeling of being discouraged | anything that discourages (13 of 18 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/discouragement

Wiktionary:

discouragement | discouragements [plural]

the act of discouraging | anything that discourages (7 of 8 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/discouragement

Etymology reference

New World Dictionary:

discouragement

Origin: Old French descoragement

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/discouragement

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

discouragement | discouragements [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "discouragement"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/discouragement

Macmillan American Dictionary:

discouragement | discouragements [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "discouragement"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/discouragement

Cambridge Dictionary:

discouragement [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "discouragement"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "discouragement"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/discouragement 2

the Free Dictionary:

discouragement

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "discouragement"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "discouragement"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "discouragement" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/discouragement

Google Dictionary:

discouragement | discouragements [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "discouragement"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

discouragement

Audio: North American pronunciation of "discouragement"

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YourDictionary Audio:

discouragement

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "discouragement" by speech synthesizer

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