Definition of despondency in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈspändənsē/


A state of low spirits caused by loss of hope or courage: he hinted at his own deep despondency
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  • The acute sense of grief and despondency led to a deep depression of spirits that might ordinarily be expected to break the will and deflate any inspirational talent.
  • The mood through the great depression of the 1930s was usually one of deep despondency in the face of mass unemployment at home and the spread of fascism abroad.
  • It means to be aware that the spread of frustration, despondency and despair is actually a process in which all parties are losers.
hopelessness, despair, discouragement, low spirits, wretchedness;
melancholy, gloom, misery, desolation, disappointment, disheartenment, dejection, sadness, unhappiness
informal blues, heartache



Pronunciation: /-dəns/
Example sentences
  • But the enthusiasm of these other journalists more than made up for our small number and my growing despondence.
  • The beats get more energetic until the song emerges from its despondence into the (still somewhat gray) light of day.
  • I had been looking away from the Prince while I talked to him, and now I looked at him only to see that his expression was one of absolute despondence.

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Syllabification: de·spond·en·cy

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