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
- The act of encouraging; incitement to action or to practice;
as, the encouragement of youth in generosity.
- All generous encouragement of arts. -Otway.
- 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
- To think of his paternal care, Is a most sweet encouragement to prayer. -Byron.
That which serves to incite, support, promote, or advance, as favor, countenance, reward etc.
abetment, advocacy, aegis, aid, aid and comfort, animating, animation, assurance, auspices, backing, bait, boost, bribe, care, carrot, championship, charity, cheering, comfort, condolence, consolation, countenance, easement, emboldening, exhortation, exhorting, favor, fillip, fosterage, goading, goodwill, guidance, heartening, help, incentive, incitement, inciting, inducement, insistence, inspiration, inspiring, inspiriting, inspiritment, instance, interest, invitation, lure, needling, patronage, payment, pep talk, percentage, persuasive, pressing, pressure, pricking, prodding, profit, promoting, promotion, provocation, reassurance, reassuring, relief, reward, seconding, shred of comfort, solace, solacement, sponsorship, spur, spurring, stimulating, stimulation, stimulative, stimulus, support, supporting, sweetener, sweetening, sympathy, tutelage, urging, whet