encouragement

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French encoragement, from Old French encoragier + -ment, from en- (make, put in) + corage (courage), from Vulgar Latin *coraticum, from cor (heart, daring) + -ier, suffixed with -ment.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒmənt]

Noun[edit]

encouragement (plural encouragements)

  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.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French encoragier, from en- (make, put in) + corage (courage), from Vulgar Latin *coraticum, from cor (heart, daring) + -ier, suffixed with -ment.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɑ̃kuʁaʒmɑ̃/

Noun[edit]

encouragement m (plural encouragements)

  1. An encouragement