AskDefine | Define encouragement

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encouragement

Noun

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

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English

Noun

  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.

Translations

The act of encouraging
That which serves to incite, support, promote, or advance, as favor, countenance, reward etc.

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