slough of despond

noun phrase

slough of de·​spond ˌslau̇-əv-di-ˈspänd How to pronounce slough of despond (audio)
: a state of extreme depression

Word History


from the Slough of Despond, deep bog into which Christian falls on the way from the City of Destruction and from which Help saves him in the allegory Pilgrim's Progress (1678) by John Bunyan

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of slough of despond was in 1776

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“Slough of despond.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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