from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Feeling or expressing despondency; dejected.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Marked by despondence; given to despondence; low-spirited

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • adj. without or almost without hope


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



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