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Definition of encouragement:

  1. 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.
  2. The act of encouraging; incitement to action or to practice; as, the encouragement of youth in generosity.

Synonyms:

cheer, inspiration, confidence, cheering, consolation, fillip, optimism, impetus, stimulant, stimulation, hope, animation, stimulus, helping, animating, supporting, cause, incentive, lift, promotion, reward, push, abetment, firmness, comfort, advance, trust, rise, cost increase, hike, fortitude, boost, stimulator, prod, spur, inducement, urging, faith, backing, impulse, heartening.

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