discouragement

  • 1 Discouragement — Dis*cour age*ment, n. [Cf. OF. descouragement, F. d[ e]couragement.] 1. The act of discouraging, or the state of being discouraged; depression or weakening of confidence; dejection. [1913 Webster] 2. That which discourages; that which deters, or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 discouragement — [n1] despondency cold feet*, dejection, depression, despair, disappointment, discomfiture, dismay, downheartedness, hopelessness, loss of confidence, low spirits, melancholy, pessimism, sadness, the blues*; concept 410 Ant. cheerfulness,… …

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  • 3 discouragement — index damper (depressant), damper (stopper), deterrence, deterrent, disadvantage, disincentive …

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  • 4 discouragement — [di skʉr′ijmənt] n. [OFr descoragement] 1. a discouraging 2. the fact, state, or feeling of being discouraged 3. anything that discourages …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 discouragement — [[t]dɪskʌ̱rɪʤmənt, AM kɜ͟ːr [/t]] discouragements 1) N UNCOUNT Discouragement is the act of trying to make someone not want to do something. He persevered in the face of active discouragement from those around him. 2) N COUNT A discouragement is… …

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  • 6 discouragement — n. deep discouragement * * * [dɪs kʌrɪdʒmənt] deep discouragement …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 7 discouragement — dis|cour|age|ment [dısˈkʌrıdʒmənt US ˈkə:r ] n 1.) [U] when you no longer feel confident or willing to do something ▪ In research, times of discouragement alternate with times of great achievement. 2.) [U] when you try to persuade someone not to… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 8 discouragement — UK [dɪsˈkʌrɪdʒmənt] / US noun Word forms discouragement : singular discouragement plural discouragements 1) [uncountable] the feeling you get when you have not achieved something and think it is useless to keep trying 2) [countable] something… …

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  • 9 discouragement — discourage ► VERB 1) cause a loss of confidence or enthusiasm in. 2) prevent or try to prevent by showing disapproval or creating difficulties. 3) (discourage from) persuade (someone) against (an action). DERIVATIVES discouragement noun… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 discouragement — noun 1. the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles • Syn: ↑disheartenment, ↑dismay • Derivationally related forms: ↑dismay (for: ↑dismay), ↑dishearten (for: ↑ …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 11 discouragement — noun Date: 1561 1. the act of discouraging ; the state of being discouraged 2. something that discourages …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 discouragement — /di skerr ij meuhnt, skur /, n. 1. an act or instance of discouraging. 2. the state of being discouraged. 3. something that discourages: Poor health and poverty are grave discouragements. [1555 65; < MF descouragement, OF descoragement. See… …

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  • 13 discouragement — noun a) the act of discouraging or the state of being discouraged b) anything that discourages …

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  • 14 discouragement — (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Dejection] Syn. melancholy, despair, the blues*; see depression 2 , sadness . 2. [A restriction] Syn. constraint, hindrance, deterrent; see impediment 1 …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 discouragement — dis|cour|age|ment [ dıs kʌrıdʒmənt ] noun 1. ) uncount the feeling you get when you have not achieved something and think it is useless to keep trying 2. ) count something that makes you feel that it is useless to try to do something 3. ) uncount …

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  • 16 discouragement — dis·cour·age·ment || dɪ skÊŒrɪdÊ’mÉ™nt n. state of being discouraged; act of discouraging; something that discourages …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 17 discouragement — n. 1. Disheartening. 2. Dissuasion, dehortation, counter influence. 3. Embarrassment, hindrance, obstacle, impediment, damper, wet blanket, cold water …

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  • 18 discouragement — noun 1 (U) a feeling that you have lost confidence or determination and no longer want to continue doing something 2 (U) the act of trying to discourage someone from doing something 3 (C) something that discourages you …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 discouragement — n 1. dejection, disheartenment, lack of spirit; depression, low spirits, gloom, melancholy, despondency, despair; dismay, frustration, consternation, hopelessness, prostration; loss of confidence, cold feet, hesitation, fearfulness, mistrust. 2.… …

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  • 20 discouragement — dis·cour·age·ment …

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