Definition of "discouragement" []

  • The act of discouraging. (noun)
  • The condition of being discouraged. (noun)
  • Something that discourages; a deterrent. (noun)
  • To deprive of the will to persist in something (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To inhibit; prevent (verb)
  • To oppose by expressing disapproval (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "discouragement" in a sentence
  • "The most effective treatment for discouragement is to sing, be busy, do something creative, and serve others."
  • "The net effect of such discouragement is expressed by an academic woman who has adopted the compliant female stance:"
  • "Let us blot out the word discouragement from the anti-slavery vocabulary."