Definition of despondent in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈspändənt/


In low spirits from loss of hope or courage.
Example sentences
  • He was not too despondent after his defeat and believes he can launch a stronger bid when he has gained more experience.
  • A man is sometimes despondent from disappointment, is gloomy, and has no courage to work.
  • It was a break they both needed as both had been depressed and despondent.
disheartened, discouraged, dispirited, downhearted, downcast, crestfallen, down, low, disconsolate, despairing, wretched;
melancholy, gloomy, morose, dismal, woebegone, miserable, depressed, dejected, sad
informal blue, down in/at the mouth, down in the dumps



Pronunciation: /dəˈspänd(ə)ntlē/
Example sentences
  • He shook his head despondently: ‘Where did all that pension money go anyway?
  • It has actually become very common - despondently, depressingly, unbearably common.
  • Yet the match descended despondently back into a dark slumber until injury-time was upon us.

Words that rhyme with despondent

co-respondent, correspondent, fondant, respondent

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: de·spond·ent

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