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noun discouragement pronunciation in British English /dɪsˈkʌrɪdʒmənt/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the feeling you get when you have not achieved something and think it is useless to keep trying
  2. 2
    [countable] something that makes you feel that it is useless to try to do something
  3. 3
    [uncountable] the act of trying to prevent something from happening, especially because you do not approve of it or think it is harmful

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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