despondent

  • 1 despondent — adj Despondent, despairing, desperate, hopeless, forlorn mean having lost all or practically all hope. The same distinctions in implications and connotations are to be found in their corresponding nouns despondency, despair, desperation,… …

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  • 2 Despondent — De*spond ent, a. [L. despondens, entis, p. pr. of despond[=e]re.] Marked by despondence; given to despondence; low spirited; as, a despondent manner; a despondent prisoner. {De*spond ent*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3 despondent — I adjective aggrieved, beaten, defeated, defeatist, dejected, depressed, desolate, despairing, disconsolate, dismal, dispirited, dolorous, downcast, dreary, gloomy, hopeless, in despair, inconsolable, joyless, listless, lugubrious, melancholic,… …

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  • 4 despondent — 1690s, from L. despondentem (nom. despondens), prp. of despondere (see DESPONDENCE (Cf. despondence)). Related: Despondently (1670s) …

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  • 5 despondent — [adj] depressed all torn up*, blue*, bummed out*, cast down, dejected, despairing, disconsolate, discouraged, disheartened, dispirited, doleful, down, downcast, downhearted, forlorn, gloomy, glum, griefstricken, grieving, hopeless, in a blue… …

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

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  • 7 despondent — [di spän′dənt] adj. [L despondens, prp. of despondere: see DESPOND] filled with despondency; dejected SYN. HOPELESS despondently adv …

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  • 8 despondent — adjective Etymology: Latin despondent , despondens, present participle of despondēre Date: circa 1699 feeling or showing extreme discouragement, dejection, or depression < despondent about his health > • despondently adverb …

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  • 9 despondent — adj. VERBS ▪ be, feel ▪ Patients often feel despondent. ▪ become, get, grow ▪ His work was rejected again and again, and he grew more and more despondent …

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  • 10 despondent — adj. despondent about, over * * * [dɪs pɒndənt] benevolent enlightened despondent over despot it. an absolute despondent about …

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  • 11 despondent — de|spon|dent [dıˈspɔndənt US dıˈspa:n ] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: despondere to give up, lose hope , from spondere to promise ] extremely unhappy and without hope ▪ Gill had been out of work for a year and was getting very despondent …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 despondent — despondently, adv. /di spon deuhnt/, adj. feeling or showing profound hopelessness, dejection, discouragement, or gloom: despondent about failing health. [1690 1700; < L despondent (s. of despondens), prp. of despondere. See DESPOND, ENT] Syn.… …

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  • 13 despondent — [[t]dɪspɒ̱ndənt[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you are despondent, you are very unhappy because you have been experiencing difficulties that you think you will not be able to overcome. John often felt despondent after dragging his portfolio around various… …

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  • 14 despondent — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. downcast, melancholy, depressed, dejected, disconsolate, wretched; discouraged, dispirited, prostrate, down in the mouth (inf.). See dejection, hopelessness. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. dejected,… …

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  • 15 despondent — adjective unhappy and not hopeful: Gill had been out of work for a year and was getting very despondent. despondency noun (U) despondently adverb: He was staring despondently into the distance …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 despondent — adjective they were tired and despondent Syn: disheartened, discouraged, dispirited, downhearted, downcast, crestfallen, down, low, disconsolate, despairing, wretched; melancholy, gloomy, morose, dismal, woebegone, miserable, depressed …

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  • 17 despondent — de•spond•ent [[t]dɪˈspɒn dənt[/t]] adj. feeling or showing profound hopelessness, dejection, discouragement, or gloom • Etymology: 1690–1700; < L dēspondent , der. of dēspondēre. See despond, ent de•spond′ent•ly, adv …

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  • 18 despondent — adjective In low spirits from loss of hope or courage. Syn: despairing, disconsolate, disheartened, dejected, downcast …

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  • 19 despondent — Synonyms and related words: affording no hope, apathetic, bleak, blue, bowed down, cast down, cheerless, comfortless, dashed, dejected, depressed, despairing, desperate, desponding, disconsolate, discouraged, disheartened, dismal, dispirited,… …

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  • 20 despondent — de|spon|dent [ dı spandənt ] adjective very unhappy because you do not believe that an unpleasant situation will improve ╾ de|spon|den|cy noun uncount ╾ de|spon|dent|ly adverb …

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