Hypertext Webster Gateway: "encouragement"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Encouragement \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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 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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