slough of despond
Etymology: 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 Date: 1776 a state of extreme depression

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  • slough of despond — If someone is very depressed or in despair, they re in a slough of despond …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Slough of Despond — The Slough of Despond is a deep bog in John Bunyan s allegory The Pilgrim s Progress , into which the character Christian sinks under the weight of his sins and his sense of guilt. It is the low ground where the scum and filth of a guilty… …   Wikipedia

  • Slough of Despond — a place in The Pilgrim’s Progress. It is a slough (= an area of soft, wet ground) that is full of fears and doubts. It is sometimes used to refer to the mental condition of a person with many doubts and fears: While he was in this slough of… …   Universalium

  • Slough of Despond — noun A state of despondency. ,2003, Why could Johnson not drag himself out of this slough of despond? Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason (Penguin 2004, p. 183) …   Wiktionary

  • slough of despond —    If someone is very depressed or in despair, they re in a slough of despond.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Slough of despond —   If someone is very depressed or in despair, they re in a slough of despond …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • Slough of Despond — Slough of Des|pond, the literary a situation in which you are very unhappy and there seems to be no hope that things will improve. The expression comes from the name of a place in the book ThePilgrim s Progress by John Bunyan …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • SLOUGH OF DESPOND —    a deep bog in the Pilgrim s Progress, into which Christian sinks under the weight of his sins and his sense of their guilt …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • slough of despond — deep depression …   English contemporary dictionary

  • slough of despond — noun (formal) extreme depression • Usage Domain: ↑formality • Hypernyms: ↑depression …   Useful english dictionary

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