• Encouragement
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n encouragement the act of giving hope or support to someone
    • n encouragement the expression of approval and support
    • n encouragement the feeling of being encouraged
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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    • Encouragement That which serves to incite, support, promote, or advance, as favor, countenance, reward, etc.; incentive; increase of confidence; as, the fine arts find little encouragement among a rude people. "To think of his paternal care,
      Is a most sweet encouragement to prayer."
    • Encouragement The act of encouraging; incitement to action or to practice; as, the encouragement of youth in generosity. "All generous encouragement of arts."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n encouragement The act of encouraging, or of giving courage or confidence of success; incitement to action or to perseverance; a promoting or advancing.
    • n encouragement That which serves to excite courage or confidence; an encouraging fact or circumstance; an incentive or inducement; that which serves to promote or advance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Encouragement act of encouraging: that which encourages
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  • Jerome P. Fleishman
    Jerome P. Fleishman
    “Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement -- and we will make the goal.”
  • Voltaire
    “In this country it's a good thing to kill an admiral now and then to encourage the others.”
  • Charles Lamb
    “We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves. We encourage one another in mediocrity. I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself.”
  • Denis Waitley
    “Listen to the desires of your children. Encourage them and then give them the autonomy to make their own decision.”
  • Anatole France
    “Nine tenths of education is encouragement.”
  • William Arthur
    William Arthur
    “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I may not forget you.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. encouragement,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. encoragier (Fr. encourager)—en, to make, corage, courage.


In literature:

He followed in the footsteps of Romulus, and both welcomed combats himself and encouraged the people to do the same.
"Dio's Rome, Volume 1 (of 6)" by Cassius Dio
Nevertheless, encouraged by Narbonne, he resolved on making his appearance.
"History of the Expedition to Russia" by Count Philip de Segur
What a beautiful encouraging omen!
"Lady Rosamond's Secret" by Rebecca Agatha Armour
If England went to war with Spain, Spain could encourage insurrection among the Catholics.
"English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century" by James Anthony Froude
How artfully he encourages the notion of his poverty!
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
The dread had much to do with her encouragement of Dorrimore.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
I am obliged to seek comfort from such scraps of encouragement as may have fallen in my way here and there.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
Let us organize and encourage good citizenship committees in all our churches and in every community.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
President Steyn and I sent telegram after telegram to the Government and to the chief officers, encouraging them to stand fast.
"Three Years' War" by Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
About this period, a society for the reformation of manners was formed under the king's countenance and encouragement.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett

In poetry:

I weep for the loss of a leader in thought,
Whose lessons of truth, with simplicity taught,
Have bless'd and encouraged the humble and poor,
Who always were welcomed with joy at his door.
"To The Memory of David Scott" by John Henry Kimble
Then they boldly advanced in very grand style,
And encouraged by their leaders all the while;
And their marching in skirmishing order was beautiful to see,
As they advanced boldly to attack the enemy.
"The Battle of Glencoe" by William Topaz McGonagall
Your precious moments do not waste;
Take Ev'rything that isn't tied!
Who knows but you may have a Taste,
A Gift perhaps, for Homicide, --
(A Mania which, encouraged, thrives
On Taking Other People's Lives).
"Learn To Take Things Easily" by Harry Graham
The gentleman saw what was the matter and he sighed again,
And he said, "It's a great trial and must give you pain,
But I see you are willing to help her all you can."
But the encouraging words was not lost upon the Irishman.
"The Troubles of Matthew Mahoney" by William Topaz McGonagall
His cane was christened by the soldiers Gordon's wand of victory
And when he waved it the soldiers' hearts were filled with glee
While with voice and gesture he encouraged them in the strife,
And he himself appeared to possess a charmed life.
"General Gordon, the Hero of Khartoum" by William Topaz McGonagall
And the "Oscar" was exposed to the full force of the gale,
But the crew resolved to do their best, allowing they should fail,
So they weighed anchor, and stood boldly out for sea,
While the great crowds that had gathered cheered them encouragingly.
"The Wreck of the Whaler 'Oscar'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

NEW BERLIN – The Catskill Region History Day, an affiliate of the National History Day program, encourages students in school, organizations, and home schooled to explore local, state, national and world history.
All folks interested in enrolling in the 2011 Master Cattleman Class are encouraged to call the Henry County Extension Office at 845-2811.
The cavemen diet is an attractive weight-management program, because it is naturally low in calories and you are generally encouraged to eat whenever you are hungry.
Lower tax rates will encourage more investment, which in turn will mean more jobs and greater prosperity—so much so that tax revenues will go up, despite lower rates.
In fact, they wish to encourage such things.
Stewart has been encouraging chess in her classroom for years, using older students from the middle school to teach the game.
The play group will encourage and foster social play and interaction.
The putt-chip is a shot that I encourage all of my students to learn at our golf school.
McALESTER — The Choctaw Nation is working to encourage it's members to register to vote, according to Brian McClain executive director for the Choctaw Nation.
The Choctaw Nation is working to encourage it’s members to register to vote, according to Brian McClain executive director for the Choctaw Nati.
They convey the message that "sugar is sugar" and encourage people to learn more at CornSugar .com and SweetSurprise.com.
Cornel West Encourages Jay-Z To Be Honest About His Stake In Brooklyn Nets.
Incorporate AV technology into a newly constructed city council chambers that encourages open government and information sharing with the audience.
Strong state presence at National FFA Convention encouraging for agriculture.
Such tax cuts have been encouraged by the increasing mobility of capital.

In science:

Springer for their encouraging correspondence. I have had very helpful mathematical discussions with A.
Arithmetic of algebraic groups
Novobrantsev for keen interest and encouragement, and G.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
We are grateful for his suggestions and encouragement.
Cones and Asymptotic Invariants of Multigraded Systems of Ideals
Paczynski for his support and encouragement.
"Pi of the Sky" - all-sky, real-time search for fast optical transients
Simon for his help and encouragement in the investigation of this problem. I also want to thank M.
The Statistical Distribution of the Zeros of Random Paraorthogonal Polynomials on the Unit Circle