encouragement

I
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The act of encouraging]
Syn. urging, prodding, reassuring, reassurance, assuring, heartening, animating, abetment, abetting, backing, support, buoying up, cheering, solacing, motivating, supporting, helping, boosting, building up, rallying, inspiriting, egging on.
2. [That which encourages]
Syn. aid, help, assistance, support, cheer, confidence, trust, faith, advance, promotion, reward, reassurance, incentive, motivation, stimulus, inducement, backing, animation, optimism, comfort, consolation, hope, fortitude, firmness, boost, pat on the back*, lift*, shot in the arm*, pep talk*, good omen.
II
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
support, assurance, help, buoying, heartening, *bucking up, boost, reassurance, *shot in the arm, *pep talk, stimulus, lift, inspiration, cheer, fortitude, *psyching up, backing.
ANT.: discouragement, disheartening, deflation
III
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. Something that encourages: inspiration, motivation, stimulation. See HELP. 2. Something that causes and encourages a given response: fillip, impetus, impulse, incentive, inducement, motivation, prod, push, spur, stimulant, stimulation, stimulator, stimulus. See CAUSE.

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