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
Related formsde·spond·ent·ly, adverbpre·de·spond·ent, adjectivequa·si-de·spond·ent, adjectivequa·si-de·spond·ent·ly, adverbun·de·spond·ent, adjectiveun·de·spond·ent·ly, adverb

Synonyms for despondent

disheartened, downhearted, melancholy, blue.

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Antonyms for despondent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for despondently

Contemporary Examples of despondently

Historical Examples of despondently

  • "My son," said Melinda despondently, and went into the nursery.

    Teething Ring

    James Causey

  • "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.

  • "It seems hopeless to try to find out who it is," Philip said despondently.

  • "I suppose it is, Bullen," Hallett said despondently, as he stretched himself.

British Dictionary definitions for despondently



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