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despondency

or de·spond·ence

[dih-spon-duh n-see or dih-spon-duh ns]
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noun
  1. state of being despondent; depression of spirits from loss of courage or hope; dejection.

Origin of despondency

First recorded in 1645–55; despond + -ency
Related formspre·de·spond·en·cy, noun

Synonyms

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melancholy, gloom.

Synonym study

See despair.

Antonyms

joy.
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Examples from the Web for despondency

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Historical Examples

  • Lucretia's defeat in the Handicap had increased his despondency.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • The Union army was still busy and he felt a few moments of despondency.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • He thinks it is too late to change for any useful purpose, and he sinks into despondency.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude

  • There had been times in the last few days when he had suffered from despondency.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

  • Maurice awoke to a sensation of despondency and physical discomfort.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola


Word Origin and History for despondency

n.

1650s; see despondence + -cy.

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