American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Feeling or expressing despondency; dejected.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Losing courage; falling into dejection; depressed; spiritless.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Marked by despondence; given to despondence; low-spirited
- adj. without or almost without hope
- From Latin despondere ("to give up, to abandon"). (Wiktionary)
“Mexico's ambassador, Fernando de Mateo y Venturini, speaking in English, said he had learnt a new word last week -- "despondent" -- though maybe "angst" was more appropriate.”
“FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- A prosecutor says a Fort Wayne police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man police described as despondent, paranoid and intoxicated.”
“Rafael van der Vaart left 'despondent' by snub from Holland coach”
“The web site reports that a relative said Trevino, a 26-year-old MMA fighter, was "despondent" after breaking up with Perry, a 23-year-old model.”
“UPDATE: The NYT reports that the man, Leeland Eisenberg, now in custody, was said to be "despondent," because he was facing a divorce, and that he'd been on a drinking binge.”
“These friends also characterize the young writer as "despondent" over the recent revelations.”
“The mood at Auckland Park was "despondent" after news broke of the exit of a fourth radio chief in as many months.”
“She has been dreadfully out of sorts lately, and she has sunk into a kind of despondent state.”
“As time wears on the erect posture grows bent; instead of standing up straight the knees bulge outward as though unable to support the body's weight, and the man drags himself along in a kind of despondent shuffle.”
“In spite of the repeated letters from Bonaparte urging him to secure his fleet in Alexandria harbor, in spite of repeated soundings which showed this course possible, the French Admiral Brueys with a kind of despondent inertia still lay in this exposed anchorage at the Rosetta mouth of the Nile.”
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