[ dih-spon-duhn-see ]
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  1. state of being despondent; depression of spirits from loss of courage or hope; dejection.

Origin of despondency

First recorded in 1645–55; despond + -ency
  • Also de·spond·ence [dih-spon-duhns] /dɪˈspɒn dəns/ .

synonym study For despondency

See despair.

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Other words from despondency

  • pre·de·spond·en·cy, noun

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