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 for discouragement
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Discouragement \Dis*cour"age*ment\, n. [Cf. OF. descouragement,
     F. d['e]couragement.]
     1. The act of discouraging, or the state of being
        discouraged; depression or weakening of confidence;
        [1913 Webster]
     2. That which discourages; that which deters, or tends to
        deter, from an undertaking, or from the prosecution of
        anything; a determent; as, the revolution was commenced
        under every possible discouragement. "Discouragements from
        vice." --Swift.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles [syn:
           discouragement, disheartenment, dismay]
      2: the expression of opposition and disapproval [ant:
      3: the act of discouraging; "the discouragement of petty theft"

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