or de·spond·ence

[dih-spon-duhn-see or dih-spon-duhns]


state of being despondent; depression of spirits from loss of courage or hope; dejection.

Nearby words

  1. despiteous,
  2. despoil,
  3. despoliation,
  4. despond,
  5. despondence,
  6. despondent,
  7. despot,
  8. despotic,
  9. despotic monarchy,
  10. despotism

Origin of despondency

First recorded in 1645–55; despond + -ency

Related formspre·de·spond·en·cy, noun

Synonym study

See despair. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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