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[dih-spon-duh nt] /dɪˈspɒn dənt/
feeling or showing profound hopelessness, dejection, discouragement, or gloom:
despondent about failing health.
Origin of despondent
1690-1700; < Latin dēspondent- (stem of dēspondēns), present participle of dēspondēre. See despond, -ent
Related forms
despondently, adverb
predespondent, adjective
quasi-despondent, adjective
quasi-despondently, adverb
undespondent, adjective
undespondently, adverb
disheartened, downhearted, melancholy, blue.
happy, hopeful.
Synonym Study
See hopeless. Unabridged
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  • But he who was becoming so despondent both for himself and for his country, still had hopes as to his daughter.

    The Landleaguers Anthony Trollope
  • And Dard, who had boiled with anger yesterday, was now sad and despondent.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • I could not have the electric lights I had intended, nor the military band, and the ladies of the house were despondent at it.

  • It is staring up with a look of despondent exhaustion, yet mute appeal.

    St. Winifred's Frederic W. Farrar
  • On the contrary, he is sad, restless, and despondent if he has no money.

British Dictionary definitions for despondent


downcast or disheartened; lacking hope or courage; dejected
Derived Forms
despondence, noun
despondency, noun
despondently, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for despondent

1690s, from Latin despondentem (nominative despondens), present participle of despondere (see despondence). Related: Despondently (1670s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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