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Definitions for despondent
dɪˈspɒn dəntde·spon·dent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. despondent, heartsickadjective

    without or almost without hope

    "despondent about his failure"; "too heartsick to fight back"


  1. despondentadjective

    In low spirits from loss of hope or courage.

  2. Etymology: From despondere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Despondentadjective

    Despairing; hopeless; without hope.

    Etymology: despondens, Latin.

    Congregated thrushes, linnets, sit
    On the dead tree, a dull despondent flock. James Thomson, Autumn.

    It is well known, both from ancient and modern experience, that the very boldest atheists, out of their debauches and company, when they chance to be surprised with solitude or sickness, are the most suspicious, timorous, and despondent wretches in the world. Richard Bentley, Sermons.


  1. despondent

    Despondent refers to a state of extreme depression, unhappiness, or loss of hope or courage. It describes a feeling of being very low in spirit, often as a result of disappointment, failure, or a distressing situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Despondentadjective

    marked by despondence; given to despondence; low-spirited; as, a despondent manner; a despondent prisoner

  2. Etymology: [L. despondens, -entis, p. pr. of despondre.]

Editors Contribution

  1. despondent

    an adjective that means disheartened or discouraged

    After the third failed attempt, she grew despondent.

    Submitted by anonymous on March 31, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of despondent in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of despondent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of despondent in a Sentence

  1. Simon Maelzer:

    The Futex set-up was tough for beginners and many would get despondent and give up, although this is typical of the futures market in general. I didn't even get a salary at all.

  2. Brian Schatz:

    Social media companies have stumbled onto a stubborn, devastating fact, the way to get kids to linger on the platforms and to maximize profit is to upset them — to make them outraged, to make them agitated, to make them scared, to make them vulnerable, to make them feel helpless, anxious [and] despondent.

  3. Patty Murphy:

    ( I feel) anger, fury, rage. I feel despondent, helpless, hopeless, frustrated, but also it motivates me. It encourages me to help be a voice for people who can't be a voice and want to say these things, or can't say these things, like teachers.

  4. Adam Lankford:

    There are several pathways we observe : antisocial individuals who are part of a gang, depressed and despondent persons who are highly distressed over a grievance and believe they have no future, and a small group of persons with severe mental illness that includes delusional thinking, in a workplace shooting, you want to look at the latter two as most likely.

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