• WordNet 3.6
    • n discouragement the act of discouraging "the discouragement of petty theft"
    • n discouragement the expression of opposition and disapproval
    • n discouragement the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Discouragement That which discourages; that which deters, or tends to deter, from an undertaking, or from the prosecution of anything; a determent; as, the revolution was commenced under every possible discouragement . "Discouragements from vice."
    • Discouragement The act of discouraging, or the state of being discouraged; depression or weakening of confidence; dejection.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n discouragement The act of discouraging; the act of deterring or dissuading from an undertaking.
    • n discouragement The state of being discouraged; depression of spirit with regard to action or effort.
    • n discouragement That which discourages; that which deters or tends to deter from an undertaking or from a course of conduct.
    • n discouragement Synonyms Dissuasion.
    • n discouragement Dejection, hopelessness.
    • n discouragement Hindrance, opposition, obstacle, impediment.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Discouragement act of discouraging: that which discourages: dejection
    • ***


  • John Burroughs
    “A man can get discouraged many times but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying.”
  • William Ellery Channing
    “Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    “Edison failed 10, 000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.”
  • Bishop Robert South
    Bishop Robert South
    “Defeat should never be a source of discouragement, but rather a fresh stimulus.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Faith is: dead to doubts, dumb to discouragements, blind to impossibilities.”
  • Chuck Daly
    Chuck Daly
    “It's discouraging to make a mistake, but it's humiliating when you find out you're so unimportant that nobody noticed it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. descouragement, F. découragement,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. descourager. See Courage.


In literature:

They're a little lonesome and discouraged.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
To set about to cultivate separate qualities would be rather a discouraging undertaking.
"Principles of Teaching" by Adam S. Bennion
On their agile ponies they appeared like scourging Huns, to drive out the discouraged remnant of Colonists.
"The Romantic Settlement of Lord Selkirk's Colonists" by George Bryce
Ethics is the sphere of duty; happiness is mentioned only to be repressed and discouraged.
"Practical Essays" by Alexander Bain
He is an incorrigible idealist and I confess I am discouraged.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
They continued this for some time, under much discouragement.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
I thought you had more sense, to give up discouraged at no more than this.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
They separated in sorrow and in discouragement.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
At length they became discouraged, and took to flight.
"History of the Expedition to Russia" by Count Philip de Segur
Except in a few cases, I have found inexperienced help a discouragement.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various

In poetry:

Bitter, glory-less despotism
Over a discouraged people
Closes a black thick grate
Of error and prejudice;
"Luna" by Victor Marie Hugo
The keen wind nipped me northerly
And bent me back almost,
And I was the worst discouraged man
Abroad on any boast,
"The Bachelor" by John Crowe Ransom
The thoughts that opened doors before
Within the mind's house, hide away;
Discouragement hath locked each door
For aye.
"Dead Sea Fruit" by Madison Julius Cawein
Cheer up, brother; why dejected?
Pain will cease and sorrows end.
Why discourag'd if neglected?
Just look upwards, there's a friend.
"Cheer Up" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
When kindly thoughts that would have way
Flow back discouraged to my breast
I know there is, though far away
A home where heart and soul may rest.
"The Consolation" by Anne Bronte
When kindly thoughts that would have way
Flow back, discouraged, to my breast,
I know there is, though far away,
A home where heart and soul may rest.
"Lines Written From Home" by Anne Bronte

In news:

NORMAN — Oklahoma wide receiver Kenny Stills is trying not to sound discouraged.
A It's difficult to find a discouraging word whenever a group of timeshare executives get together.
But that does not discourage either Governor Jerry Brown or President Barack Obama from wanting to launch a very costly high-speed rail system.
Earlier this year, our small Midwestern school district joined the food wars, proposing a new policy that would discourage all food in classrooms, ban nuts and sugary foods and do away with vending machines.
This is unfortunate and discouraging but not surprising.
Dwayne "Don't Call Me The Rock" Johnson plays a tough-as-nails hockey player who, after discouraging a young child, is forced to perform the duties of the actual tooth fairy as punishment.
Mickael Pietrus is not easily discouraged.
If the top drawer of your workbench doesn't have a lock and you want to discourage young hildren from opening it, consider this idea.
Most of the time these days, when I scour the "media" looking for a sign of hope about mankind, I inevitably trip over a discouraging spew of waste matter passing as news of importance.
Council President Cathy Murphy has called the lack of action there "discouraging," but has noted that for much of the business park's existence, the economy has been in the throes of a recession.
If it wasn't so downright discouraging and – for obvious reasons – disturbing, it would almost (notice I say almost) be funny.
Paralysis didn't discourage Gomez from business venture.
It can get pretty discouraging .
Low Interest Rates Don't Discourage Hiring.
A city in Ventura County is expected to give preliminary approval tonight to an ordinance aimed at discouraging adult film production in the city.

In science:

This is analogous to , where satisfying assignments are given a weight that discourages them from satisfying the ma jority of literals in the formula.
Independent sets in random graphs from the weighted second moment method
Petersburg paradox, in the sense that there is no finite price P at which it discourages participation.
Menger 1934 revisited
It resolves games A, B and C: there is a finite ticket price at which it discourages participation.
Menger 1934 revisited
We would like to argue that this consideration should not discourage researchers from employing this abstraction.
Bounded Termination of Monotonicity-Constraint Transition Systems
The corresponding Einstein equations can be easily derived (e.g. by the “tensor package” of Maple), but they look very long and discouraging.
Shocks in Quark-Gluon Plasmas