1. The act of discouraging, or the state of being discouraged; depression or weakening of confidence; dejection.
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.”
n 1: the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles [syn: disheartenment,
2: the expression of opposition and disapproval [ant: encouragement]
3: the act of discouraging; "the discouragement of petty theft"