de·​spon·​den·​cy | \ di-ˈspän-dən-sē How to pronounce despondency (audio) \

Definition of despondency

: the state of being despondent or extremely low in spirits : dejection, hopelessness sank into despondency while he was unemployed

Examples of despondency in a Sentence

in despondency because he couldn't seem to settle into a lasting relationship in their despondency they seemingly forgot that losing teams can become winning teams in a single season
Recent Examples on the Web Can’t sadness and parental grief and despondency be discussed, managed and supported, without launching a paramilitary response? Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2022 In the end, what keeps the album engaging amid the despondency is the not entirely defatigable Posty persona itself… on top of his and chief collaborator Louis Bell’s underrated knack for strong, conversational melodies. Chris Willman, Variety, 5 June 2022 Dion offers neither false hope nor despondency, just hard-nosed resolution. Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2022 Board that did a [00:19:00] survey of their county’s youth and discovered this epidemic of depression and despondency among adolescents. Leila Atassi, cleveland, 18 Apr. 2022 Though Lebanon’s chronic crises have caused deep despondency, analysts say, that did not translate into much support for change candidates, who were diverse and divided. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 May 2022 This aura of despondency was actually part of Manolete’s appeal. New York Times, 3 May 2022 Back then, a senseless war in Afghanistan catalyzed despondency. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 Can’t sadness and parental grief and despondency be discussed, managed, and supported, without launching a paramilitary response? Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 10 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of despondency

1653, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for despondency

see despond entry 1

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“Despondency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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