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despondent

[ dih-spon-duhnt ]
/ dɪˈspɒn dənt /
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adjective
feeling or showing profound hopelessness, dejection, discouragement, or gloom: despondent about failing health.
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Origin of despondent

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

synonym study for despondent

See hopeless.

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British Dictionary definitions for despondent

despondent
/ (dɪˈspɒndənt) /

adjective
downcast or disheartened; lacking hope or courage; dejected

Derived forms of despondent

despondence, noundespondency, noundespondently, adverb
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