despondent


despondent
adjective Etymology: Latin despondent-, despondens, present participle of despondēre Date: circa 1699 feeling or showing extreme discouragement, dejection, or depression <
despondent about his health
>
despondently adverb Synonyms: despondent, despairing, desperate, hopeless mean having lost all or nearly all hope. despondent implies a deep dejection arising from a conviction of the uselessness of further effort <
despondent about yet another rejection
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. despairing suggests the slipping away of all hope and often despondency <
despairing appeals for the return of the kidnapped child
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. desperate implies despair that prompts reckless action or violence in the face of defeat or frustration <
one last desperate attempt to turn the tide of battle
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. hopeless suggests despair and the cessation of effort or resistance and often implies acceptance or resignation <
the situation of the trapped miners is hopeless
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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