Definition of despondent
: feeling or showing extreme discouragement, dejection, or depression despondent about his health
Examples of despondent in a Sentence
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
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
I had never seen them looking so despondent.
a group of despondent fans
Recent Examples of despondent from the Web
In the hours after the Cleveland Cavaliers' Game 3 loss, Kyrie Irving was despondent, still beating himself up over his missed step-back 3-pointer with less than 30 seconds remaining.
Devastated and despondent, Childress stood on the deck of Bill France Jr.’s dock in Daytona — ready to walk away from it all — two days after the accident.
Stuck in Warsaw, unsure if he would ever be allowed to leave or to see his family again, Milosz was despondent.
Ariana Grande posted a despondent tweet hours after a man bombed her Manchester, England, concert.
But is Al Gore himself despondent or depressed about it all?
There are many reasons to visit Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park—copious wildlife, underground grottos, sweeping beaches—but those still desperate to catch a glimpse of the precious lotus flower shouldn’t feel entirely despondent.
In bond court, prosecutors said Johnson was despondent about her strained relationship with the father of her 2-year-old son.
Still, Williams was never angry or aggressive, just despondent.
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Origin and Etymology of despondent
Latin despondent-, despondens, present participle of despondēre
First Known Use: circa 1699See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of despondent
DESPONDENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of despondent for English Language Learners
: very sad and without hope
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Definition of despondent for Students
: very sad Left alone, she grew despondent.
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