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adjective de·spon·dent \di-ˈspän-dənt\

: very sad and without hope

Full Definition of DESPONDENT

:  feeling or showing extreme discouragement, dejection, or depression <despondent about his health>
de·spon·dent·ly adverb

Examples of DESPONDENT

  1. I had never seen them looking so despondent.
  2. a group of despondent fans
  3. Writers who spend much time in universities are likely to grow despondent over the future of literature, for there it is treated as a finished thing. —Louis Simpson, New York Times Book Review, 21 Nov. l982


Latin despondent-, despondens, present participle of despondēre
First Known Use: circa 1699

Synonym Discussion of DESPONDENT

despondent, despairing, desperate, hopeless mean having lost all or nearly all hope. despondent implies a deep dejection arising from a conviction of the uselessness of further effort <despondent about yet another rejection>. despairing suggests the slipping away of all hope and often despondency <despairing appeals for the return of the kidnapped child>. desperate implies despair that prompts reckless action or violence in the face of defeat or frustration <one last desperate attempt to turn the tide of battle>. hopeless suggests despair and the cessation of effort or resistance and often implies acceptance or resignation <the situation of the trapped miners is hopeless>.

Rhymes with DESPONDENT

DESPONDENT Defined for Kids


adjective de·spon·dent \di-ˈspän-dənt\

Definition of DESPONDENT for Kids

:  very sad <Left alone, she grew despondent.>
de·spon·dent·ly adverb


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