discouragement discouragement  /dɪs ˈkɜrɪdʒ mənt/


  1. (n) the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles
  2. (n) the expression of opposition and disapproval
  3. (n) the act of discouraging



  1. Such small but significant restrictions are a discouragement.
  2. What now calls for diagnosis and cure is the contagious mood of universal discouragement spread on every side by a host of Giants of Despair.
  3. There is little doubt that maternal encouragement or discouragementof such behavior plays a major role in determining adult personality.


  • Tennis a family affair for Youngs

    When an athlete needs to express annoyance, discouragement or anger about a coach, family members are a fairly popular outlet. Parents and siblings are far enough removed from the close confines of the court or practice field. Donald Young, the 23-year-old professional tennis player from Chicago, doesn’t have quite the same avenue to vent, however. He’s an only child. His mother, Illona, manages ...
    on June 27, 2013     Source: Winnetka Talk


  1. "It was really a bit of an embarrassment and discouragement just after Monday's game, getting beat by 30 points in a quarter," Lee said of New York's 119-92 loss to Indiana. "Having the fans and the media have it get to the point that it is...
    on Dec 19, 2007 By: David Lee Source: Forbes

  2. "Never tire of promoting peace, making gestures of forgiveness and working for national reconciliation, so that violence may never prevail over dialogue, nor fear and discouragement over trust, nor rancour over fraternal love," Benedict added.
    on Mar 22, 2009 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source: The Age

  3. "My reaction this morning is one of sorrow and discouragement. I think a very serious mistake was made yesterday. It will lead certainly to higher taxes, higher health care costs, and a much weaker economy going forward. But the Congress was...
    on Mar 22, 2010 By: Mitch Daniels Source: Henderson Gleaner

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