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Examples of despondence in a Sentence

her slumping posture betrayed a growing despondence the ability to endure defeat without despondence has allowed him to weather the ups and downs of an acting career

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There’s an art to being bleak, doing it in such a way as to actually cheer up listeners as opposed to making them wallow in despondence. John Adamian,, "Decemberists Coming To College Street Music Hall," 2 June 2018 Tryout season doesn't have to be all elation or despondence. Eliza Mcgraw,, "It's tryout season. Here are lessons parents can help kids learn through this pressure-filled time.," 19 May 2018 A sense of fatigue and despondence has set in as White House officials wait for new balls to drop. Jill Colvin, The Seattle Times, "To Trump supporters, the real story is about leaks, sabotage," 19 May 2017 Kate Kingery, a Republican in Denver who sells sporting goods, has kept good relations with her Democratic friends, despite their despondence over the election. Sabrina Tavernise And Katharine Q. Seelye, New York Times, "Political Divide Splits Relationships — and Thanksgiving, Too," 15 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of despondence

1657, in the meaning defined above

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