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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: despondere 'to give up, lose hope', from spondere 'to promise'

despondent

adjective
     
de‧spon‧dent
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 noun [uncountable]
despondently adverb

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