Definition of despondent in English:



  • In low spirits from loss of hope or courage.

    ‘she grew more and more despondent’
    • ‘I was so embarrassed by myself, but I was also really despondent.’
    • ‘He became suicidal, despondent about the end of his boxing career and his disfigurement.’
    • ‘A man is sometimes despondent from disappointment, is gloomy, and has no courage to work.’
    • ‘There were reports that classmates felt he had seemed despondent.’
    • ‘Of course, he may have been despondent for personal reasons having nothing to do with any of this.’
    • ‘There are also, though, lots and lots of people in this country who are extremely despondent.’
    • ‘Jason cast a despondent look in my direction and allowed himself to be dragged away.’
    • ‘You may be too easily irritated or despondent, exasperating friends and family with exacting demands and finicky attitudes.’
    • ‘A visit from Canterbury certainly cheers up hard-pressed and often despondent clergy and congregations.’
    • ‘As you can imagine, we were all a bit gutted and despondent.’
    • ‘I feel tearful, angry, despondent, restless, annoyed, irritable and prickly all at the same time.’
    • ‘His self-penned songs track his career from despondent dreams of stardom to the travesty of having achieved them.’
    • ‘After a good few years of success supporters got very despondent for a while as the team faltered in mid season and the manager came under fire.’
    • ‘The lads are so despondent but they did really well, especially in the first half, and the effort and commitment was what we have been asking for.’
    • ‘I remember how despondent and disheartened we were as the doctor's findings were reported.’
    • ‘They'll still be despondent after going so agonisingly close, but that historic first title might not be too far off now.’
    • ‘The despondent manner in which Ray walked towards the dug-out said it all.’
    • ‘It was a break they both needed as both had been depressed and despondent.’
    • ‘The red and black segment of the crowd were in delirium, the blue and white silent and despondent.’
    • ‘He was not too despondent after his defeat and believes he can launch a stronger bid when he has gained more experience.’
    disheartened, discouraged, dispirited, downhearted, low-spirited, in low spirits, hopeless, downcast, cast down, crestfallen, down, low, disconsolate, in despair, despairing, wretched, oppressed
    melancholy, gloomy, glum, morose, eeyorish, doleful, dismal, woebegone, miserable, depressed, dejected, distressed, sorrowful, sad
    defeatist, pessimistic
    blue, down in the mouth, down in the dumps, as sick as a parrot
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