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[dih-spon-duh n-see] /dɪˈspɒn dən si/
state of being despondent; depression of spirits from loss of courage or hope; dejection.
Also, despondence.
Origin of despondency
1645-55; despond + -ency
Related forms
predespondency, noun
melancholy, gloom. See despair.
joy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.
  • Illness and despondency over financial matters are believed to have caused the act.
  • Cue for alarm and despondency on both sides of the aisle.
  • despondency superinduced by family troubles and debt is given as the cause.
  • So politicians ought to think twice about spreading despondency.
  • His act was caused probably by a fit of despondency brought on by intemperance and unhappiness in his domestic life.
  • Two war games run recently by academics add to the despondency.
Word Origin and History for despondency

1650s; see despondence + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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