from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Feeling or expressing despondency; dejected. synonym: depressed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Losing courage; falling into dejection; depressed; spiritless.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Marked by despondence; given to despondence; low-spirited

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective In low spirits from loss of hope or courage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective without or almost without hope


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From Latin despondere ("to give up, to abandon").


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