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despondency

or despondence

[dih-spon-duh n-see] /dɪˈspɒn dən si/
noun
1.
state of being despondent; depression of spirits from loss of courage or hope; dejection.
Origin of despondency
1645-1655
1645-55; despond + -ency
Related forms
predespondency, noun
Synonyms
melancholy, gloom. See despair.
Antonyms
joy.
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  • He sings angrily and directly to Anna about his feelings, his despondency, his pain—“Why do I have to pay attorney fees?!”

    Kanye's Heartbreak Touré December 1, 2008
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Word Origin and History for despondency
n.

1650s; see despondence + -cy.

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