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despondency (countable and uncountable, plural despondencies)

  1. The loss of hope or confidence; despair or dejection.
  2. A feeling of depression or disheartenment.
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 3, page 127:
      He kissed her brow, and left her. She watched him unconsciously, till the winding walk hid him from her sight, and then sank back on her seat, every nerve relaxing from its high-strained excitement into utter and still despondency.