Definition of despondent in US English:



  • In low spirits from loss of hope or courage.

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