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[ UK /dɪspˈɒndənsi/ ]
[ US /dɪˈspɑndənsi/ ]
  1. feeling downcast and disheartened and hopeless
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How To Use despondency In A Sentence

  • It touched me deeply to note with what painful care she set herself to correct the grammatical errors and roughness of her speech; often she would fall to a sighful despondency because of her ignorance and at such times it was, I think, that I loved her best, vowing I would not change her for any proud lady that was or ever had been; whereof ensued such conversations as the following: Peregrine's Progress
  • When the atrabilious humour is in too much abundance melancholia, characterized by aversion to food, despondency, sleeplessness, irritability, restlessness and depression could result.
  • What visitors fed on the tabloid media diet of gloom and despondency might find surprising are the smiles and laughter they will encounter. Times, Sunday Times
  • The first of these seems to have caused a sense of gloom, despondency and weary hopelessness to descend on the author as he sat down to put his book together.
  • The lessons of self-distrust, of the nearness to one another of the most opposite emotions in our weak natures, of the depth of gloom into which the boldest and brightest servant of God may fall as soon as he loses hold of God's hand, never had a more striking instance to point them than that mighty prophet, sitting huddled together in utter despondency below the solitary retem bush, praying his foolish prayer for death. Expositions of Holy Scripture Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and First Book of Samuel, Second Samuel, First Kings, and Second Kings chapters I to VII
  • The mood through the great depression of the 1930s was usually one of deep despondency in the face of mass unemployment at home and the spread of fascism abroad.
  • This is aimed at giving the young people a positive outlook on life and persuading them to become productive rather than give in to despondency, cynicism and decadence.
  • The former attitude mollifies arrogance and conceit while the latter prevents excessive despondency, de-motivation and self-pity.
  • He went on to say that the swelling optimism among pioneers of the forties, fifties and sixties had given way, in some cases, to mild despondency.
  • Muddy lanes surround dismal tin shacks and there is an aura of despondency and despair, which even the myriads of children do little to dispel.
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