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
Recent Examples of despondent from the Web
But after a verbal confrontation with LaMonda’s wife, she was fired and, feeling guilty and despondent, tried to overdose on Valium and a muscle relaxant called Flexeril.
Afterward, after the Colts found the Charlie Brown-iest way to lose a game, coach Chuck Pagano was despondent.
On a recent day in July, Brenda Nakisuyi, 17, sat silent and despondent in a darkened room at Kawempe Home Care, a cancer hostel for children in Kampala, Uganda.
The video tries to do a lot, with somewhat-subtle commentary on urban sprawl, divorce and tabloid newspapers, but the scene of a despondent Rocket playing sad drums in his bachelor pad is worth the price of admission.
Yet the mood after Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix was almost despondent, despite Hamilton finishing in second place and Vettel fourth.
Unable to convince either side to engage in meaningful talks, a despondent Stuart left China in frustration.
In their clubhouse after Game 6 on Tuesday, the Astros were hardly despondent, and seemed energized by the chance to play one more game.
Many of the prisoners are in ailing health and said to be growing despondent.
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Origin and Etymology of despondent
First Known Use: circa 1699See Words from the same year
Synonymsdespairing, desperate, forlorn, hopeless
Related Wordsblue, brokenhearted, crestfallen, dejected, depressed, disconsolate, doleful, down, downcast, downhearted, gloomy, glum, hangdog, heartbroken, heartsick, heartsore, inconsolable, joyless, low, low-spirited, melancholy, miserable, mournful, sad, saddened, sorrowful, sorry, unhappy, woebegone, woeful, wretched; abject, disappointed, discouraged, disheartened, dispirited; grieving, wailing, weeping; bleak, cheerless, comfortless, dark, depressing, desolate, dismal, drear, dreary, funereal; cynical, pessimistic; accepting, resigned
Near Antonymsecstatic, elated, enraptured, entranced, euphoric, exhilarated, exuberant, exultant; blithe, blithesome, gay, jocund, jolly, jovial, lightsome, merry, mirthful; encouraged, heartened; animated, jaunty, lively, perky, sprightful, sprightly, vivacious; blissful, buoyant, cheerful, cheery, chipper, delighted, glad, gladdened, gladsome, gleeful, happy, joyful, joyous, jubilant, sunny, upbeat
Synonym Discussion of despondent
- despondent about yet another rejection
- despairing appeals for the return of the kidnapped child
- one last desperate attempt to turn the tide of battle
- the situation of the trapped miners is hopeless
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