slough of despond

slough of de·spond \ˌslau̇-əv-di-ˈspänd, ˌslü-\

Definition of slough of despond

  1. :  a state of extreme depression

Origin and Etymology of slough of despond

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

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quaintly unconventional or refined

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