despondent

adjective
de·​spon·​dent | \ di-ˈspän-dənt How to pronounce despondent (audio) \

Definition of despondent

: feeling or showing extreme discouragement, dejection, or depression despondent about his health

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despondently adverb

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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

Examples of despondent in a Sentence

His colleagues did not care for his despondent company, which made him suffer more, which perpetuated their distance … — Noah Charney, The Art Thief, 2007 The Simpsons' plots are a bit more sophisticated than their Saturday morning counterparts and are occasionally tinged with pathos—as when Homer loses his job at the nuclear-power plant and becomes despondent and even suicidal. — Jerry Lazar, TV Guide, 13 Jan. 1990 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 I had never seen them looking so despondent. a group of despondent fans
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Recent Examples on the Web When the first episode opens, a despondent and drunk Cochran is sitting in his car, contemplating suicide. Greg Braxton, chicagotribune.com, "Bradley Whitford cornered the market on creepy white men. Now he’s ready to lighten up," 12 Sep. 2019 When the first episode opens, a despondent and drunk Cochran is sitting in his car, contemplating suicide. Los Angeles Times, "Bradley Whitford cornered the market on creepy white men. Now he’s ready to lighten up," 9 Sep. 2019 Watching her become despondent and violent got the point across. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Orange Is the New Black," 7 Aug. 2019 On July 16, a U.S. District Court in San Francisco rejected the ACLU’s lawsuit, and in a previous phone interview from the Mesa Verde ICE Processing Facility in Bakersfield, where he was being held, Bello was despondent. Los Angeles Times, "An immigrant poet and activist faced deportation by ICE. Then two NFL players bailed him out," 16 Sep. 2019 This loss, however, left the coach and his team despondent, dulled by the team’s low level of energy throughout the match. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Three things we learned from Orlando City’s 3-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes," 3 Sep. 2019 But unlike many comedies, My Days of Glory actually grows even more despondent as the plot progresses, with Adrien falling into an extremely long funk in the third act for which there seems to be no available remedy. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, "'My Days of Glory' ('Mes jours de gloire'): Film Review | Venice 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 Only a year ago, a despondent Lowry sat in the parking lot at the 2018 British Open at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Shane Lowry Wins Emotional British Open," 21 July 2019 Today, a novelist sits every day at The Amiable Fleas, a novelist whose work is so despondent that the whole world flocks to him. Washington Post, "Rare Steinbeck story, set in Paris, published this week," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of despondent

circa 1699, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for despondent

Latin despondent-, despondens, present participle of despondēre

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The first known use of despondent was circa 1699

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despondent

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English Language Learners Definition of despondent

formal : very sad and without hope

despondent

adjective
de·​spon·​dent | \ di-ˈspän-dənt How to pronounce despondent (audio) \

Kids Definition of despondent

: very sad Left alone, she grew despondent.

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