Discouragement
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 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.'' --Swift. [1913 Webster]


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