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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despondency
1650s, from despondence.
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Example sentences
Disaster had succeeded disaster in rapid succession and despondency prevailed
  among the patriots everywhere.
Despondency has become a big theme in the campaign for the federal presidency.
Despondency brought on by drink was the cause of the deed.
The decade of despondency that many predicted now seems unlikely to materialise.
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