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encouragement

[ en-kur-ij-muhnt, -kuhr- ]SEE DEFINITION OF encouragement

Synonyms for encouragement

  • assistance
  • backing
  • cheer
  • comfort
  • confidence
  • consolation
  • faith
  • fortitude
  • incentive
  • inspiration
  • optimism
  • reassurance
  • relief
  • reward
  • stimulation
  • stimulus
  • advance
  • advocacy
  • aid
  • animation
  • boost
  • easement
  • favor
  • firmness
  • helpfulness
  • hope
  • incitement
  • invigoration
  • promotion
  • refreshment
  • softening
  • succor
  • supporting
  • trust
  • urging
  • consoling
  • enlivening
  • inspiritment
  • reassuring
  • relieving
  • shot in the arm
  • solacing
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Antonyms for encouragement

  • annoyance
  • discouragement
  • distrust
  • doubt
  • gloom
  • hindrance
  • hurt
  • injury
  • disbelief
  • impediment
  • denunciation
  • derision
  • deterrent
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ENCOURAGEMENT

Both will afford me encouragement and support in the vicissitudes which yet await me.

You shall see I have given him no encouragement independent of my duty.

It seemed as though she had scarce spoken the encouragement she wished to give him.

This afternoon I have seen the Abbe Cornille, and he gives me no encouragement whatever.

It is not written for the encouragement of recalcitrant boys.

Thank you so much for holding out a little hope and encouragement, my dear!

I am deeply obliged to you for your encouragement and patronage, but it was papa who asked for it.

There was need of encouragement on the threshold of the bridge, for the bridge was dreary.

He found some encouragement in it; for when he set it down he laughed scornfully.

They purchased it readily and offered every encouragement to the trade and the trader.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, from encourage + -ment, or from Middle French encoragement.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ENCOURAGEMENT

abetment

nounhelp
  • aid
  • assist
  • assistance
  • encouragement
  • endorsement
  • hand
  • relief
  • succor
  • support

advice

nounrecommendation
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