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despondency

[dih-spon-duh n-see] /dɪˈspɒn dən si/
noun
1.
state of being despondent; depression of spirits from loss of courage or hope; dejection.
Also, despondence.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; despond + -ency
Related forms
predespondency, noun
Synonyms
melancholy, gloom. See despair.
Antonyms
joy.
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Word Origin and History for predespondency

despondency

n.

1650s; see despondence + -cy.

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