despondent

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From Latin despondere ‎(to give up, to abandon).

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despondent ‎(comparative more despondent, superlative most despondent)

  1. In low spirits from loss of hope or courage.
    • 1915, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger, chapter I:
      Thanks to that penny he had just spent so recklessly [on a newspaper] he would pass a happy hour, taken, for once, out of his anxious, despondent, miserable self. It irritated him shrewdly to know that these moments of respite from carking care would not be shared with his poor wife, with careworn, troubled Ellen.

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Verb[edit]

dēspondent

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of dēspondeō