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.

 

© Webster 1913.

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