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
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?
With shows like Donald Glover’s Atlanta, black people are no longer forced into the tropes of emotionally despondent gangsters and angry black women.
Some were numb, some were panicky, some were just totally despondent and sobbing.
In the final weeks of the campaign, a despondent Mr. Clinton held a flurry of his own events in Ohio, Iowa, the Florida Panhandle and Wisconsin, talking to the white voters who like him but who view his wife with distrust.
The mood on the park lawn was despondent, funereal; the signs themselves resembled tombstones wedged into a graveyard.
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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
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Definition of despondent for Students
: very sad Left alone, she grew despondent.
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