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What is the opposite of encouragement?

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Opposite of something that promotes action or activity, especially in an official capacity
Opposite of something that incites, supports, promotes, protects or advances
Opposite of support for an idea or cause
Opposite of the act of supporting or giving authorization to someone or something
Opposite of support, endorsement or encouragement provided to someone in their efforts
Opposite of an act, or an activity, used to boost the morale of members of a team
Opposite of a person or thing that has an uplifting influence on one's intellect, emotion or creativity
“She initially considered him to be a hindrance, but he would turn out to be a pillar of support.”
Opposite of help or encouragement given to someone or something
“After the sudden success of their enemy, a feeling of discouragement and despair seemed to chill and unnerve many of the truest and stoutest.”
Opposite of the belief that someone or something is good or acceptable
“As the grumpy old gentleman spat on the ground, the look of disgust on the woman's face was palpable.”
Opposite of feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else's misfortune
“His callousness towards the impoverished was met with widespread condemnation.”
Opposite of the comfort received by a person, typically after a loss or disappointment
Opposite of the action or process of nurturing or cultivating someone or something
“He delivered a powerful moment of emotion when he spoke about coming from a life of neglect but forgave his mother because of her own inauspicious upbringing.”
Opposite of the potential for achievement or excellence
“From a young age, my hopelessness in creative arts was apparent.”
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