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despondency

[dih-spon-duh n-see] /dɪˈspɒn dən si/
noun
1.
state of being despondent; depression of spirits from loss of courage or hope; dejection.
Also, despondence.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; despond + -ency
Related forms
predespondency, noun
Synonyms
melancholy, gloom. See despair.
Antonyms
joy.
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Word Origin and History for despondence
n.

1670s, from Latin despondere "to give up, lose, lose heart, resign, to promise in marriage" (especially in phrase animam despondere, literally "give up one's soul"), from the sense of a promise to give something away, from de- "away" (see de-) + spondere "to promise" (see spondee). A condition more severe than despair.

despondency

n.

1650s; see despondence + -cy.

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