despondency

or de·spond·ence

[ dih-spon-duhn-see or dih-spon-duhns ]
/ dɪˈspɒn dən si or dɪˈspɒn dəns /

noun

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

Synonym study

See despair.
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