despondency

or de·spond·ence

[dih-spon-duhn-see or dih-spon-duhns]
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Origin of despondency

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

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See despair.

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Word Origin and History for despondence
n.

1670s, from Latin despondere "to give up, lose, lose heart, resign, to promise in marriage" (especially in phrase animam despondere, literally "give up one's soul"), from the sense of a promise to give something away, from de- "away" (see de-) + spondere "to promise" (see spondee). A condition more severe than despair.

despondency

n.

1650s; see despondence + -cy.

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