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[dih-spon-duh nt] /dɪˈspɒn dənt/
feeling or showing profound hopelessness, dejection, discouragement, or gloom:
despondent about failing health.
Origin of despondent
1690-1700; < Latin dēspondent- (stem of dēspondēns), present participle of dēspondēre. See despond, -ent
Related forms
despondently, adverb
predespondent, adjective
quasi-despondent, adjective
quasi-despondently, adverb
undespondent, adjective
undespondently, adverb
disheartened, downhearted, melancholy, blue. See hopeless.
happy, hopeful. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for despondent
  • She was depressed and despondent with a sense of helplessness and hopelessness prevailing.
  • The last thing you want after being laid off is to become despondent or depressed.
  • I've finally moved from completely despondent to hopeful.
  • The father is a despondent figure, while his daughter is all eager playfulness.
  • Adrift in a clueless no-man's-land, I felt my moods range from querulous to despondent.
  • When he'd get tired and despondent, he always found me quite refreshing.
  • The next visitor, a young man, also seems despondent.
  • The regiment, he said, is despondent over the accusations.
  • Some sobbed and collapsed, while others grew despondent, the memo said.
  • Evie's parents gave me hope and love and a good dinner when I was despondent.
British Dictionary definitions for despondent


downcast or disheartened; lacking hope or courage; dejected
Derived Forms
despondence, noun
despondency, noun
despondently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for despondent

1690s, from Latin despondentem (nominative despondens), present participle of despondere (see despondence). Related: Despondently (1670s).

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