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or despondence

[dih-spon-duh n-see or dih-spon-duh ns] /dɪˈspɒn dən si or dɪˈspɒn dəns/
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 forms
predespondency, noun
melancholy, gloom.
Synonym Study
See despair. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for despondency
Contemporary Examples
  • He sings angrily and directly to Anna about his feelings, his despondency, his pain—“Why do I have to pay attorney fees?!”

    Kanye's Heartbreak Touré December 2, 2008
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.


    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
  • But Socrates has no sooner found the new solution than he sinks into a fit of despondency.

    Theaetetus Plato
  • He was changed: despondency had vanished––humility gone with it.

  • From the depths of despondency, I rose to the peaks of elation.

  • The thick, congested mate seemed on the point of bursting with despondency.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
Word Origin and History for despondency

1650s; see despondence + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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