Definition of "despondent" []

  • Feeling or expressing despondency; dejected. (adjective)
  • Downcast or disheartened; lacking hope or courage; dejected (adjective)

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Use "despondent" in a sentence
  • "Mexico's ambassador, Fernando de Mateo y Venturini, speaking in English, said he had learnt a new word last week -- "despondent" -- though maybe "angst" was more appropriate."
  • "FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- A prosecutor says a Fort Wayne police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man police described as despondent, paranoid and intoxicated."
  • "Rafael van der Vaart left 'despondent' by snub from Holland coach"