despondency

  • 1 Despondency — De*spond en*cy, n. The state of desponding; loss of hope and cessation of effort; discouragement; depression or dejection of the mind. [1913 Webster] The unhappy prince seemed, during some days, to be sunk in despondency. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 despondency — index depression, distress (anguish), pessimism, prostration Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 3 despondency — 1650s; see DESPONDENCE (Cf. despondence) + CY (Cf. cy) …

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  • 4 despondency — despair, desperation, hopelessness, forlornness (see under DESPONDENT adj) Analogous words: dejection, depression, melancholy, melancholia, *sadness, blues, dumps Antonyms: lightheartedness Contrasted words: cheerfulness, gladness, happiness,… …

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  • 5 despondency — [di spän′dənsdi spän′dən sē] n. [see DESPONDENT] loss of courage or hope; dejection: also despondence [di spän′dəns] …

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  • 6 despondency — [[t]dɪspɒ̱ndənsi[/t]] N UNCOUNT Despondency is a strong feeling of unhappiness caused by difficulties which you feel you cannot overcome. There s a mood of gloom and despondency in the country. Syn: dejection …

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  • 7 despondency — Synonyms and related words: Schmerz, Slough of Despond, acedia, apathy, blank despondency, cave of Trophonius, cave of despair, death wish, dejectedness, dejection, depression, despair, desperateness, desperation, despondentness, disconsolateness …

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  • 8 despondency — noun the despondency of the refugees was captured in this documentary Syn: hopelessness, despair, discouragement, low spirits, wretchedness; melancholy, gloom, misery, desolation, disappointment, disheartenment, dejection, sadness, unhappiness;… …

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  • 9 despondency — 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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  • 10 despondency — noun Date: 1653 the state of being despondent ; dejection, hopelessness …

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  • 11 despondency — /di spon deuhn see/, n. state of being despondent; depression of spirits from loss of courage or hope; dejection. Also, despondence. [1645 55; DESPOND + ENCY] Syn. melancholy, gloom. See despair. Ant. joy. * * * …

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  • 12 despondency — noun a) The loss of hope or confidence; despair or dejection. b) A feeling of depression or disheartenment …

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  • 13 despondency — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. dejection, despair, sadness; see depression 2 , desperation 1 , gloom 2 , grief 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. Utter lack of hope: despair, desperateness, desperation, despond, despondence, hopelessness. See HOPE. 2 …

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  • 14 despondency — de spond·en·cy || dÉ™nsɪ n. depression, gloom, melancholy, hopelessness …

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  • 15 despondency — n. Dejection, discouragement, depression, sadness, gloom, blues, vapors, blue devils, lowness of spirits. See melancholy, n …

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  • 16 despondency — n 1. dejection, depression, mopishness, Psychiatry. hypochondria; slough of despond, doldrums, dumps, blues; hopelessness, dishearten ment, dismay, discouragement; defeatism, pessimism. 2. gloom, melancholy, melancholia, misery, misera bleness,… …

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  • 17 despondency — de·spon·den·cy …

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  • 18 despondency — See: despondent …

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  • 19 despondency — de•spond•en•cy [[t]dɪˈspɒn dən si[/t]] also de•spond′ence n. the state of being despondent; depression of spirits from loss of courage or hope; dejection • Etymology: 1645–55 syn: See despair …

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  • 20 despondency — /dəˈspɒndənsi/ (say duh sponduhnsee) noun a state of being despondent; depression of spirits from loss of courage or hope; dejection. Also, despondence …

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