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
Origin and Etymology of despondent
Latin despondent-, despondens, present participle of despondēre
First Known Use: circa 1699
Synonym Discussion of despondent
DESPONDENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of despondent for English Language Learners
: very sad and without hope
DESPONDENT Defined for Kids
Definition of despondent for Students
: very sad Left alone, she grew despondent.
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