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discouragement Line breaks: dis|cour¦age|ment
Pronunciation: /dɪsˈkʌrɪdʒm(ə)nt/

Definition of discouragement in English:


1 [mass noun] A loss of confidence or enthusiasm; dispiritedness: do not give in to discouragement
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  • Such labelling has serious consequences for all members of the group concerned, often leading to discouragement.
  • Their own families have never uttered a word of discouragement.
  • During the resultant three-hour detour, we encountered sundry additional discouragements.
2An attempt to prevent something by showing disapproval or creating difficulties; deterrent: the discouragement of crime
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  • There is far too many who seem to believe they have a ministry of discouragement.
  • The South Korean government is also slowly changing its long-time discouragement of foreign participation in the economy.
  • There is a stronger tradition of discouragement of close modeling of writing than there is of close modeling of imagery.

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