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despondent

[dih-spon-duh nt] /dɪˈspɒn dənt/
adjective
1.
feeling or showing profound hopelessness, dejection, discouragement, or gloom:
despondent about failing health.
Origin of despondent
1690-1700
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
Synonyms
disheartened, downhearted, melancholy, blue.
Antonyms
happy, hopeful.
Synonym Study
See hopeless.
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  • "It won't work; you never could do it," objected Dixon, with despondent conviction.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • I cannot honestly say now whether I ever shared this despondent view or not.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • Mournful, despondent, half broken-hearted, she resumed her journey.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • With a heavy sigh and a despondent air, Arthur Clennam slowly rose.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • They fell into a despondent reverie, with their chins in their bosoms.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for despondent

despondent

/dɪˈspɒndənt/
adjective
1.
downcast or disheartened; lacking hope or courage; dejected
Derived Forms
despondence, noun
despondency, noun
despondently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for despondent
adj.

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

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