[ dih-spon-duhnt ]
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  1. feeling or showing profound hopelessness, dejection, discouragement, or gloom: despondent about failing health.

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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Other words from despondent

  • de·spond·ent·ly, adverb
  • pre·de·spond·ent, adjective
  • qua·si-de·spond·ent, adjective
  • qua·si-de·spond·ent·ly, adverb
  • un·de·spond·ent, adjective
  • un·de·spond·ent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use despondent in a sentence

  • He thought his uncle looked ill when he said goodbye, and the old man spoke despondently of the failure his life had been.

  • "I'm havin' a time iv it with Terence," said Mr. Hennessy, despondently.

    Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War | Finley Peter Dunne
  • He despondently reflected that if Fogg and Burkett had agreed again, the combination against him still existed.

    Blow The Man Down | Holman Day

British Dictionary definitions for despondent


/ (dɪˈspɒndənt) /

  1. downcast or disheartened; lacking hope or courage; dejected

Derived forms of despondent

  • despondence, noun
  • despondency, noun
  • despondently, adverb

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