(En*cour"age) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Encouraged (?; 48); p. pr. & vb. n. Encouraging ] [F. encourager; pref. en- (L. in) + courage courage. See Courage.] To give courage to; to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope; to raise, or to increase, the confidence of; to animate; enhearten; to incite; to help forward; — the opposite of discourage.

David encouraged himself in the Lord.
1 Sam. xxx. 6.

Syn. — To embolden; inspirit; animate; enhearten; hearten; incite; cheer; urge; impel; stimulate; instigate; countenance; comfort; promote; advance; forward; strengthen.

(En*cour"age*ment) n. [Cf. F. encouragement.]

1. The act of encouraging; incitement to action or to practice; as, the encouragement of youth in generosity.

All generous encouragement of arts.

2. That which serves to incite, support, promote, or advance, as favor, countenance, reward, etc.; incentive; increase of confidence; as, the fine arts find little encouragement among a rude people.

To think of his paternal care,
Is a most sweet encouragement to prayer.

(En*cour"a*ger) n. One who encourages, incites, or helps forward; a favorer.

The pope is . . . a great encourager of arts.

(En*cour"a*ging) a. Furnishing ground to hope; inspiriting; favoring.En*cour"a*ging*ly, adv.

(En*cowl") v. t. To make a monk (or wearer of a cowl) of. [R.] Drayton.

(En*cra"dle) v. t. To lay in a cradle.

(En"cra*tite) n. [L. Encratitae, pl., fr. Gr. self-disciplined; in + strength.] (Eccl. Hist.) One of a sect in the 2d century who abstained from marriage, wine, and animal food; — called also Continent.

(En*crease") v. t. & i. [Obs.] See Increase.

(En*crim"son) v. t. To give a crimson or red color to; to crimson. Shak.

(En*crin"ic En*cri"nal) Encrinital
(En*crin"i*tal) a. (Paleon.) Relating to encrinites; containing encrinites, as certain kinds of limestone.

(En"cri*nite) n. [Gr. in + a lily: cf. F. encrinite.] (Paleon.) A fossil crinoid, esp. one belonging to, or resembling, the genus Encrinus. Sometimes used in a general sense for any crinoid.

(En`cri*nit"ic En`cri*nit"ic*al) a. (Paleon.) Pertaining to encrinites; encrinal.

(||En`cri*noid"e*a) n. pl. [NL. See Encrinus and -oid.] (Zoöl.) That order of the Crinoidea which includes most of the living and many fossil forms, having jointed arms around the margin of the oral disk; — also called Brachiata and Articulata. See Illusts. under Comatula and Crinoidea.

(||En"cri*nus) n.; pl. Encrini [NL. See Encrinite.] (Paleon.) A genus of fossil encrinoidea, from the Mesozoic rocks.

(En*crisped") a. Curled. [Obs.] Skelton.

(En*croach") v. i. [imp. & p. p. Encroached ; p. pr. & vb. n. Encroaching.] [OF. encrochier to perch, prop., to hook, fasten a hook (perh. confused with acrochier, F. accrocher, to hook, get hold

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