or de·spond·ence

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


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

Nearby words

  1. despitefully,
  2. despiteous,
  3. despoil,
  4. despoliation,
  5. despond,
  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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Word Origin and History for despondency



1650s; see despondence + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper