Etymology
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despondent (adj.)

"losing courage, falling into dejection," 1690s, from Latin despondentem (nominative despondens), present participle of despondere (see despondence). Related: Despondently (1670s).

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Definitions of despondent

despondent (adj.)
without or almost without hope;
despondent about his failure
Synonyms: heartsick
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