Definition of despondency in English:

despondency

noun

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

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

despondency

/dɪˈspɒnd(ə)nsi/