What is the opposite of encouragement?

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Noun
Opposite of something that promotes action or activity, especially in an official capacity
Noun
Opposite of the encouragement of, or an activity that encourages, a cause, venture, or aim
Noun
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.”
Noun
Opposite of an assenting to the propriety of a thing with some degree of pleasure or satisfaction
Noun
Opposite of the comfort received by a person after a loss or disappointment
Noun
Opposite of feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else's misfortune
“His callousness towards the impoverished was met with widespread condemnation.”
Noun
Opposite of a feeling of optimism
“Joe was quickly filled with pessimism when his family walked into the ward with tears streaming down their faces.”
Noun
Opposite of the potential for achievement or excellence
“From a young age, my hopelessness in creative arts was apparent.”
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