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Pronunciation:  en'kurijmunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of giving hope or support to someone
  2. [n]  the expression of approval and support
  3. [n]  the feeling of being encouraged

ENCOURAGEMENT is a 13 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: boost
 Antonyms: discouragement
 See Also: abetment, advancement, aid, approval, assist, assistance, cheering, commendation, fosterage, fostering, furtherance, goad, goading, help, hope, incitement, instigation, morale booster, morale building, prod, prodding, promotion, provocation, shouting, spur, spurring, urging, vote of confidence



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\En*cour"age*ment\, n. [Cf. F. encouragement.]
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.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: 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