slough of despond
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- A state of disheartening hopelessness.
- 2003, Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason (Penguin 2004, p. 183)
- Why could Johnson not drag himself out of this slough of despond?
2012, J. J. Godfrey, A Philosophy of Human Hope, page 226:
- If there is one feature common to all religions, it may be the message that there is a way out, a way up, from the slough of despond or the cave of presumption.