noun Date: 1653 the state of being despondent ; dejection, hopelessness

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  • Despondency — De*spond en*cy, n. The state of desponding; loss of hope and cessation of effort; discouragement; depression or dejection of the mind. [1913 Webster] The unhappy prince seemed, during some days, to be sunk in despondency. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • despondency — index depression, distress (anguish), pessimism, prostration Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • despondency — 1650s; see DESPONDENCE (Cf. despondence) + CY (Cf. cy) …   Etymology dictionary

  • despondency — despair, desperation, hopelessness, forlornness (see under DESPONDENT adj) Analogous words: dejection, depression, melancholy, melancholia, *sadness, blues, dumps Antonyms: lightheartedness Contrasted words: cheerfulness, gladness, happiness,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • despondency — [di spän′dənsdi spän′dən sē] n. [see DESPONDENT] loss of courage or hope; dejection: also despondence [di spän′dəns] …   English World dictionary

  • despondency — [[t]dɪspɒ̱ndənsi[/t]] N UNCOUNT Despondency is a strong feeling of unhappiness caused by difficulties which you feel you cannot overcome. There s a mood of gloom and despondency in the country. Syn: dejection …   English dictionary

  • despondency — Synonyms and related words: Schmerz, Slough of Despond, acedia, apathy, blank despondency, cave of Trophonius, cave of despair, death wish, dejectedness, dejection, depression, despair, desperateness, desperation, despondentness, disconsolateness …   Moby Thesaurus

  • despondency — noun the despondency of the refugees was captured in this documentary Syn: hopelessness, despair, discouragement, low spirits, wretchedness; melancholy, gloom, misery, desolation, disappointment, disheartenment, dejection, sadness, unhappiness;… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • despondency — despondent ► ADJECTIVE ▪ in low spirits from loss of hope or courage. DERIVATIVES despondency noun despondently adverb. ORIGIN from Latin despondere give up, abandon …   English terms dictionary

  • despondency — /di spon deuhn see/, n. state of being despondent; depression of spirits from loss of courage or hope; dejection. Also, despondence. [1645 55; DESPOND + ENCY] Syn. melancholy, gloom. See despair. Ant. joy. * * * …   Universalium

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