despondent

[ dih-spon-duhnt ]
/ dɪˈspɒn dənt /

adjective

feeling or showing profound hopelessness, dejection, discouragement, or gloom: despondent about failing health.

Nearby words

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

Origin of despondent

1690–1700; < Latin dēspondent- (stem of dēspondēns), present participle of dēspondēre. See despond, -ent

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British Dictionary definitions for despondent

despondent

/ (dɪˈspɒndənt) /

adjective

downcast or disheartened; lacking hope or courage; dejected
Derived Formsdespondence, noundespondency, noundespondently, adverb

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Word Origin and History for despondent

despondent

adj.

1690s, from Latin despondentem (nominative despondens), present participle of despondere (see despondence). Related: Despondently (1670s).

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