discouragement synonyms

Here's a list of possible synonyms and antonyms for the term discouragement:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. discouragement, disheartenment, dismay(noun)

    the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles

    Synonyms:
    alarm, dismay, disheartenment, discouragement, consternation

    Antonyms:
    encouragement

  2. discouragement(noun)

    the expression of opposition and disapproval

    Synonyms:
    dismay, disheartenment

    Antonyms:
    encouragement

  3. discouragement(noun)

    the act of discouraging

    Synonyms:
    dismay, disheartenment

    Antonyms:
    encouragement

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. discouragement

    Discouragement is the result of so much repulse or failure as wears out courage. Discouragements too frequent and long continued may produce a settled hopelessness. Hopelessness is negative, and may result from simple apathy; despondency and despair are more emphatic and decided. Despondency is an incapacity for the present exercise of hope; despair is the utter abandonment of hope. Despondency relaxes energy and effort and is always attended with sadness or distress; despair may produce a stony calmness, or it may lead to desperation. Desperation is energized despair, vigorous in action, reckless of consequences.

    Synonyms:
    despair, desperation, despondency, hopelessness

    Antonyms:
    anticipation, assurance, cheer, confidence, courage, elation, encouragement, expectancy, expectation, hope, hopefulness, trust

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. discouragement(n.)

    Synonyms:
    disheartening

  2. discouragement(n.)

    Synonyms:
    dissuasion, dehortation, counter influence

  3. discouragement(n.)

    Synonyms:
    embarrassment, hinderance, obstacle, impediment, damper, wet blanket, cold water

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

despondency, dismay, disappointment, deterrence



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