state of being despondent; depression of spirits from loss of courage or hope; dejection.
- Also de·spond·ence [dih-spon-duhns] /dɪˈspɒn dəns/ .
- pre·de·spond·en·cy, noun
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How to use despondency in a sentence
“Nothing changes for gay men,” sighs the writer, his voice now tinged with more despondence than any sort of wit.
Mr. Tyrold now sat down, with an air between calmness and despondence, saying, 'And how has this come to pass?'Camilla | Fanny Burney
What a world of all feelings, which forbid despondence, lies hoarded in the hearts of the young!Eugene Aram, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Those talks did her good, they set the real Humfrey before her, and braced her to strive against weakness and despondence.Hopes and Fears | Charlotte M. Yonge
From such lonely despondence as she had never known he had lifted her into a new and brighter world.The Orchard of Tears | Sax Rohmer
Yet it was not in Alan Fairford's nature to give way to despondence, even when seconded by pain.Red Gauntlet | Sir Walter Scott