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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 en·cour·age·ment /-ɪʤmənt, rɪʤ-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 En·cour·age·ment n.
 1. The act of encouraging; incitement to action or to practice; as, the encouragement of youth in generosity.
    All generous encouragement of arts.   --Otway.
 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.
 To think of his paternal care,
 Is a most sweet encouragement to prayer.   --Byron.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the expression of approval and support [ant: discouragement]
      2: the act of giving hope or support to someone [syn: boost]
      3: the feeling of being encouraged