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 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.”
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Opposite of the act or result of assisting
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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.”
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Opposite of feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else's misfortune
“His callousness towards the impoverished was met with widespread condemnation.”
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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.”
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Opposite of the act of endorsing something, usually by being complimentary
“He studied divinity, and only the dissuasion from friends kept him from entering the ministry.”
Noun
Opposite of the potential for achievement or excellence
“From a young age, my hopelessness in creative arts was apparent.”
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