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  1. slough of despond(noun)

    (formal) extreme depression

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  1. Slough of Despond(Noun)

    A state of despondency.

    Etymology: From the name of a bog in John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress.

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  1. 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 for them. It is described in the text: 'This miry Slough is such a place as cannot be mended; it is the descent whither the scum and filth that attends conviction for sin doth continually run, and therefore is it called the Slough of Despond: for still as the sinner is awakened about his lost condition, there ariseth in his soul many fears, and doubts, and discouraging apprehensions, which all of them get together, and settle in this place; and this is the reason of the badness of this ground.' Bunyan likely derived some of his images in The Pilgrim's Progress from his own world. In this instance the "Slough of Despond" may have been inspired by Squitch Fen, a wet and marshy area near his cottage in Harrowden, Bedfordshire, which he had to cross on his way to church in Elstow, or "The Souls' Slough" on the Great North Road between Tempsford and Biggleswade.

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  1. 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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of slough of despond in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of slough of despond in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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