despondent

[dih-spon-duhnt]
adjective
feeling or showing profound hopelessness, dejection, discouragement, or gloom: despondent about failing health.

Origin:
1690–1700; < Latin dēspondent- (stem of dēspondēns), present participle of dēspondēre. See despond, -ent

despondently, adverb
predespondent, adjective
quasi-despondent, adjective
quasi-despondently, adverb
undespondent, adjective
undespondently, adverb


disheartened, downhearted, melancholy, blue. See hopeless.


happy, hopeful.
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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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despondent
1690s, from L. despondentem, prp. of despondere (see despondence). Related: Despondently.
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Example sentences
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.
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