- feeling or showing profound hopelessness, dejection, discouragement, or gloom: despondent about failing health.
Origin of despondent
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disheartened, downhearted, melancholy, blue.
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Examples from the Web for despondently
“I feel like a lot of people missed it,” says Herring, despondently.Future Islands Frontman Samuel T. Herring on Their 11-Year Journey to Letterman and Viral Stardom
April 3, 2014
"My son," said Melinda despondently, and went into the nursery.Teething Ring
"Yes," she answered, despondently, looking up at me with tear-stained eyes.In Direst Peril
David Christie Murray
"I'm havin' a time iv it with Terence," said Mr. Hennessy, despondently.Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War
Finley Peter Dunne
"It seems hopeless to try to find out who it is," Philip said despondently.Saint Bartholomew's Eve
G. A. Henty
"I suppose it is, Bullen," Hallett said despondently, as he stretched himself.Through Three Campaigns
G. A. Henty
- downcast or disheartened; lacking hope or courage; dejected
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Word Origin and History for despondently
1690s, from Latin despondentem (nominative despondens), present participle of despondere (see despondence). Related: Despondently (1670s).
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