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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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  • But, before we give ourselves up to despondence, let us see in what manner we may be able to help ourselves.

    Calavar Robert Montgomery Bird
  • I smiled at the despondence in her tone as I extinguished the kerosene lamp-light.

  • I combated his despondence, and assured him of triumph, if he would persevere in a literary career.

    Peter Parley's Own Story Samuel G. Goodrich
  • To stupify us into despondence, that destruction may certainly seize us?

  • We, too, on this very morninglisten reader!may wreath "a flowery band to bind us to the Earth, spite of despondence."

    Visions and Revisions John Cowper Powys
  • Of these there was no trace in her eyes, only apathy, weariness, despondence.

    Perlycross R. D. Blackmore
  • Theological notions appear to have been made to debase him, to contract his mind, to plunge him into despondence.

    The System of Nature, Volume 2 Paul Henri Thiery (Baron D'Holbach)
  • In the train, her despondence was deepened by the thought of having to give an account of the day's experiences when she arrived.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • Quick, or rather immediate, now, was the transition from despondence to transport.

  • Even the period of his bashfulness and despondence had a tender charm in looking back at it.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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