AskDefine | Define discouragement

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1 the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles [syn: disheartenment, dismay]
2 the expression of opposition and disapproval [ant: encouragement]
3 the act of discouraging; "the discouragement of petty theft"

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  1. the act of discouraging or the state of being discouraged
  2. anything that discourages
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