Definition of despondency in English:



  • [mass noun] Low spirits from loss of hope or courage; dejection.

    ‘an air of despondency’
    • ‘Each day he felt himself slip a little deeper into despondency, surrounded by these strange, crazy, people.’
    • ‘As such it is effective in changing symptoms of depression and despondency to those of cheerfulness and hopefulness.’
    • ‘Far from protecting the health of the population, the result is a wave of panic and a pervasive climate of anxiety and 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.’
    • ‘The acute sense of grief and despondency led to a deep depression of spirits that might ordinarily be expected to break the will and deflate any inspirational talent.’
    • ‘We are too prone to judge ourselves by our moments of despondency and depression.’
    • ‘This is not someone who views the way ahead with gloom and despondency.’
    • ‘Lack of the ability to sexually express oneself is often associated with despondency and depression.’
    • ‘Just as it's right that we avoid smug complacency, so we shouldn't tumble into despondency and despair.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, those who have a history of repeated failures may give up, which can lead to depression and despondency.’
    • ‘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 cancellation of agricultural shows because of the impact of foot and mouth disease, is adding to the gloom and despondency of the tourism industry.’
    • ‘It means to be aware that the spread of frustration, despondency and despair is actually a process in which all parties are losers.’
    • ‘I explain in my book that you don't really make a low in any market until there's huge despondency and despair.’
    • ‘A combination of still-residual despondency and distrust of the new coach combined to curb the normally boundless enthusiasm of the nation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘According to them, a new sense of despair and despondency is already perceptible among these women.’
    • ‘On the right, there is deep despondency mixed with spurts of cheerleading for the next election.’
    • ‘Every day during question time we see the look of despondency and despair on the faces of Government members.’
    disheartenment, discouragement, dispiritedness, downheartedness, low spirits, hopelessness, despair, wretchedness
    melancholy, gloom, gloominess, glumness, melancholia, misery, depression, desolation, disappointment, dolefulness, dejection, sorrow, sadness, grief, distress, unhappiness
    defeatism, pessimism
    the doldrums
    the blues, heartache
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