Definition of despondent in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈspɒnd(ə)nt/


In low spirits from loss of hope or courage: she grew more and more despondent
More 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, low-spirited, in low spirits, hopeless, downcast, cast down, crestfallen, down, low, disconsolate, in despair, despairing, wretched, oppressed;
melancholy, gloomy, glum, morose, Eeyorish, doleful, dismal, woebegone, miserable, depressed, dejected, distressed, sorrowful, sad;
defeatist, pessimistic
informal blue, down in the mouth, down in the dumps, as sick as a parrot



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.


Pronunciation: /dɪˈspɒnd(ə)ntli/
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

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