• WordNet 3.6
    • adj despondent without or almost without hope "despondent about his failure","too heartsick to fight back"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Despondent Marked by despondence; given to despondence; low-spirited; as, a despondent manner; a despondent prisoner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • despondent Losing courage; falling into dejection; depressed; spiritless.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Despondent desponding: without courage or hope: sad
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  • Titus Maccius Plautus
    “One does nothing who tries to console a despondent person with word. A friend is one who aids with deeds at a critical time when deeds are called for.”
  • Jeremy Collier
    Jeremy Collier
    “How many feasible projects have miscarried through despondency, and been strangled in their birth by a cowardly imagination.”
  • Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza
    “The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency, is the greatest ignorance of one's self.”
  • George Eliot
    “There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire; it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “I cannot forgive a scholar his homeless despondency.”
  • Kin Hubbard
    “Nobody ever grew despondent looking for trouble.”


Slough of despond - If someone is very depressed or in despair, they're in a slough of despond.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. despondens, -entis, p. pr. of despondēre,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. despondēre, to promise, to give up or devote to, to give up or resign, to lose courage, to despond—de, away, and spondēre, to promise.


In literature:

While Tessibel Skinner, lonely and despondent, was grieving in the squatter country, Frederick Graves arrived in Paris with his young wife.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
To be desponding and gloomy is indeed irreligious.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
For nearly an hour sat they thus, moody and desponding.
"The Cliff Climbers" by Captain Mayne Reid
She is sad, drooping, despondent.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
I was not of a disposition to give way to despondency, but sombre thoughts would intrude.
"In the Rocky Mountains" by W. H. G. Kingston
Still his spirits were very low, and he was very despondent, believing that his father was lost to him for ever.
"True Blue" by W.H.G. Kingston
Those who had thought that they should never again see the sun rise, now felt that they ought not to have desponded.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
We see great despondency sometimes just before all pain disappears.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
Yet the one feeling was not real despondence, nor the other real courage.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
The symptoms, physical and moral, are most distressing: lassitude and despondency.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli

In poetry:

"But cease my lute, this low, desponding strain,
It floats too long upon the heavy air;
Henry may pass and know that I complain.
One moment's peace to him is worth my care."
"The Daughter" by Matilda Betham
But should misfortune hovering nigh
Wrest from thy aching heart a sigh,
Or, with an aspect chill and drear,
Despondence draw the unbidden tear,
Oh, then, I'll weep with thee.
""He For God Only, She For God In Him."" by Caroline Howard Gilman
Thus said, and wept, the sad desponding swain,
Revealing to the sable walls his pain:
But nymphs are free with those they should deny;
To those they love, more exquisitely coy.
"Colemira. A Culinary Eclogue" by William Shenstone
Come then fond Fancy, thou indulgent Power,—
—Hope is desponding, chill, severe to thee!—
Bless thou, this little portion of an hour,
Let me behold her as she used to be.
"To The Memory Of Mrs. Lefroy Who Died Dec: 16 -- My Birthday." by Jane Austen
'Twas thus, in those dull evenings, all alone,
She used, from time to time, to make her moan ;
And long frequented she the meadow's side,
In that desponding way :--at last she died.
"Experience" by Jane Taylor
Then is there hope for such as die unblest,
That angel wings may waft them to the shore,
Nor need the unready virgin strike her breast,
Nor wait desponding round the bridegroom's door.
"Second Sunday In Lent" by John Keble

In news:

Von Brunn was growing despondent.
Stand off over- despondent man surrenders to St Louis police.
After watching the Dallas Cowboys drop another close game, the team's owner was despondent as he stood in the locker room.
What's all this about poets in their youth beginning in "gladness" but ending in "despondency and madness".
Republican political strategist Karl Rove jokes that he is no longer suicidal after the November election - he's merely despondent.
Long Island broadcaster Michael Baldwin is despondent yesterday after the death of his son at their home.
' The video depicts a preteen Enrique hanging out with a cute blond, then cuts back to the present day to find the singer despondent over the girl he still misses years later.
Their lovely children lightened the despondency I felt over the raging Iraq war.
One year ago Wednesday, despondent Army Pvt .
So why was Nick - the intern working on opening his own CrossFit gym in Goleta - so despondent.
List them all to a Washington football fan and the reactions will vary from remorse (Tim Hasselbeck) to shame (Jeff George) to despondence (Heath Shuler).
The options for despondent conservatives are somewhat limited at this juncture: They can pout.
Nevis responders inch out on thin ice to rescue despondent woman.
NORWALK — A despondent man was arrested after firing several shots during a standoff on Hillside Place Thursday.
She was so despondent that her world began to fall apart.

In science:

However, the cosmic string community is not despondent and there is renewed motivation to understand some very important points which may significantly alter the ‘standard’ picture of cosmic string formation and evolution .
Evolution of a Network of Cosmic String Loops