Definition of Despondency

1. Noun. Feeling downcast and disheartened and hopeless.




Definition of Despondency

1. n. The state of desponding; loss of hope and cessation of effort; discouragement; depression or dejection of the mind.

Definition of Despondency

1. Noun. The loss of hope or confidence; despair or dejection. ¹

2. Noun. A feeling of depression or disheartenment. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Despondency

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Despondency

despoilation
despoiled
despoiler
despoilers
despoiling
despoilment
despoilments
despoils
despoliation
despoliations
despond
desponded
despondence
despondences
despondencies
despondency (current term)
despondent
despondently
desponder
desponders
desponding
despondingly
desponds
desponsage
desponsate
desponsated
desponsates
desponsating
desponsation
desponsories

Literary usage of Despondency

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1. Mental Science: A Compendium of Psychology, and the History of Philosophy by Alexander Bain (1870)
"The opposing designations HOPE and despondency signify phases of Belief. ... The opposite of Hope is not Fear, but despondency, the belief in coming evil, ..."

2. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"isoe-io] despondency in Great Britain. ' French troops. The colonial conquests achieved by Great Britain served in part to redress the balance between the ..."

3. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1820)
"No I. despondency.—A Reverie. My bosom filled with visions of decay ; 'TWAS ... the sky Threw down the shadows of despondency,— To blast this lower world. ..."

4. The Life of Thomas Jefferson by Henry Stephens Randall (1871)
"... Letters to his Daughters—Character of the late Session- Hamilton's Quietness—His Plans and his despondency—Reasons of that despondency. ..."

5. History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Death of Elizabeth by James Anthony Froude (1881)
"National despondency. ther, that, if she could legally do it, she would dispense in their favour with the statute for the limitation of usury. ..."

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