despondence

despondency

[dih-spon-duhn-see]
noun
state of being despondent; depression of spirits from loss of courage or hope; dejection.
Also, despondence.


Origin:
1645–55; despond + -ency

predespondency, noun


melancholy, gloom. See despair.


joy.
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despondent (dɪˈspɒndənt)
 
adj
downcast or disheartened; lacking hope or courage; dejected
 
de'spondence
 
n
 
de'spondency
 
n
 
de'spondently
 
adv

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despondence
1676, from L. despondere "to give up, lose, lose heart, resign" (especially in phrase animam despondere, lit. "give up one's soul"), from the sense of a promise to give something away, from de- "away" + spondere "to promise" (see spondee). A step above despair.

despondency
1650s, from despondence.
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