Synonyms and related words:
Schmerz, Slough of Despond, acedia, apathy, blank despondency, cave of Trophonius, cave of despair, death wish, dejectedness, dejection, depression, despair, desperateness, desperation, despondentness, disconsolateness, discouragement, disheartenment, dispiritedness, down trip, downcastness, downer, downheartedness, drooping spirits, forlornness, heartlessness, hopelessness, low spirits, lowness, lowness of spirit, malaise, no exit, no way, no way out, oppression, pessimism, self-destructive urge, sinking heart, sloth, spiritlessness, suicidal despair, taedium vitae, weariness of life

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  • Despondency — De*spond en*cy, n. The state of desponding; loss of hope and cessation of effort; discouragement; depression or dejection of the mind. [1913 Webster] The unhappy prince seemed, during some days, to be sunk in despondency. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • despondency — index depression, distress (anguish), pessimism, prostration Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • despondency — 1650s; see DESPONDENCE (Cf. despondence) + CY (Cf. cy) …   Etymology dictionary

  • despondency — despair, desperation, hopelessness, forlornness (see under DESPONDENT adj) Analogous words: dejection, depression, melancholy, melancholia, *sadness, blues, dumps Antonyms: lightheartedness Contrasted words: cheerfulness, gladness, happiness,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • despondency — [di spän′dənsdi spän′dən sē] n. [see DESPONDENT] loss of courage or hope; dejection: also despondence [di spän′dəns] …   English World dictionary

  • despondency — [[t]dɪspɒ̱ndənsi[/t]] N UNCOUNT Despondency is a strong feeling of unhappiness caused by difficulties which you feel you cannot overcome. There s a mood of gloom and despondency in the country. Syn: dejection …   English dictionary

  • despondency — noun the despondency of the refugees was captured in this documentary Syn: hopelessness, despair, discouragement, low spirits, wretchedness; melancholy, gloom, misery, desolation, disappointment, disheartenment, dejection, sadness, unhappiness;… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • despondency — despondent ► ADJECTIVE ▪ in low spirits from loss of hope or courage. DERIVATIVES despondency noun despondently adverb. ORIGIN from Latin despondere give up, abandon …   English terms dictionary

  • despondency — noun Date: 1653 the state of being despondent ; dejection, hopelessness …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • despondency — /di spon deuhn see/, n. state of being despondent; depression of spirits from loss of courage or hope; dejection. Also, despondence. [1645 55; DESPOND + ENCY] Syn. melancholy, gloom. See despair. Ant. joy. * * * …   Universalium

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