despondent

adjective
de·spon·dent | \di-ˈspän-dənt \

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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The papers say the man had an uneventful upbringing in a Muslim household but grew despondent when his pregnant sister died from a sudden illness. Fox News, "US authorities seek leniency for Islamic State cooperator," 28 June 2018 The pregnant woman on the other end of the call sounded despondent. Marisa Gerber, latimes.com, "L.A. County public defender's office underserves immigrant community, ACLU report says," 16 May 2018 Family members at the home had called 911 and told police that San Nicolas was despondent and acting irrationally. Joe Robertson And Ian Cummings, kansascity, "Grandview officer shoots, kills 60-year-old man who charged police with two swords," 1 July 2018 Sanchez was utterly despondent and her health quickly declined. Sarah Portnoy, latimes.com, "She used to dodge police. Now she can make Puebla-style food and run a business while speaking up for other vendors," 14 June 2018 According to testimony in the trial, Mims had grown despondent over the playoff loss that evening of his favorite NFL team. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "Lawsuit over 2013 police shooting of Charlotte man goes to jury today | Charlotte Observer," 9 Apr. 2018 Police found George Anthony despondent and under the influence of medication and alcohol in a Datyona Beach hotel. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "Inside the Anthony Family's Lives — and Secrets — 10 Years After Daughter Caylee's Mysterious Death," 2 July 2018 Elsa Johana Ortiz Enriquez, who was deported to Guatemala without her son in early June, was despondent in a series of text messages from Guatemala City on Thursday. Jack Healy, New York Times, "Migrant Parents Wait and Hope for Their Children: ‘I Feel Like I’m Going to Die’," 21 June 2018 As the election approached and then arrived (and passed), the messages became more despondent. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "DOJ OIG on Comey, Clinton email investigation: OMG LOL," 14 June 2018

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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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despondent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of despondent

: very sad and without hope

despondent

adjective
de·spon·dent | \di-ˈspän-dənt \

Kids Definition of despondent

: very sad Left alone, she grew despondent.

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