de|spon|dent [dıˈspɔndənt US dıˈspa:n-] adj
[Date: 1600-1700; : Latin; Origin: despondere 'to give up, lose hope', from spondere 'to promise']
extremely unhappy and without hope
Gill had been out of work for a year and was getting very despondent.
despondent about
He was becoming increasingly despondent about the way things were going.
>despondency n [U]
>despondently adv

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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