Encouragement En*cour"age*ment, n. [Cf. F. encouragement.] 1. The act of encouraging; incitement to action or to practice; as, the encouragement of youth in generosity. [1913 Webster]

All generous encouragement of arts. --Otway. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

To think of his paternal care, Is a most sweet encouragement to prayer. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

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  • encouragement — Encouragement …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • encouragement — [ ɑ̃kuraʒmɑ̃ ] n. m. • 1564; « courage » fin XIIe; de encourager 1 ♦ Action d encourager. ⇒ incitation. « En matière de signes d encouragement, l amoureux n est pas difficile » (Maurois). Société d encouragement, nom de nombreuses sociétés… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • encouragement — ENCOURAGEMENT. s. mas. Ce qui encourage. Les Arts, les Manufactures ont besoin d encouragement. Les louanges sagement placées sont des encouragemens à la vertu, pour la vertu …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • encouragement — 1560s, from ENCOURAGE (Cf. encourage) + MENT (Cf. ment), or from M.Fr. encoragement. As a general rule, Providence seldom vouchsafes to mortals any more than just that degree of encouragement which suffices to keep them at a reasonably full… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Encouragement — (fr., spr. Angkuraschmang), Ermuthigung, Antrieb; daher Encouragiren (spr. Angkuraschiren), ermuntern; Encourageant (spr. Angkuraschang), aufmunternd …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • encouragement — index advocacy, approval, auspices, catalyst, contribution (participation), favor (sanction), gu …   Law dictionary

  • encouragement — [n] help, support advance, advocacy, aid, animation, assistance, backing, boost, cheer, comfort, confidence, consolation, consoling, easement, enlivening, faith, favor, firmness, fortitude, helpfulness, hope, incentive, incitement, inspiration,… …   New thesaurus

  • encouragement — [en kʉr′ijmənt, in kʉr′ijmənt] n. 1. an encouraging or being encouraged 2. something that encourages …   English World dictionary

  • encouragement — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ considerable, great, strong ▪ a little, gentle ▪ the slightest ▪ Given the slightest encouragement, he d leave his job …   Collocations dictionary

  • encouragement — n. 1) to give, offer, provide encouragement 2) to find encouragement in 3) warm encouragement * * * [ɪn kʌrɪdʒmənt] offer provide encouragement to find encouragement in to give warm encouragement …   Combinatory dictionary

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