When her mother died, she was so despondent it was hard for her to get out of bed.
She was despondent about her failure.
It was the last expression of the despondency of a broken spirit.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
Maybe Haymitch’s noticed my despondency and is trying to cheer me up a bit.
Suzanne Collins -- The Hunger Games
He cast a despondent, contrite glance toward Mariam, then his mother.
Khaled Hosseini -- A Thousand Splendid Suns
...described being despondent after her husband left her for another woman.
Sonia Nazario -- Enrique’s Journey
He was despondent.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Unbroken
...his eyes and attitude expressed the utmost sadness and despondency.
Mary Shelley -- Frankenstein
There, Oppenheimer, who struggled with depression his entire life, grew despondent.
Malcolm Gladwell -- Outliers
Growing despondent, I started listing the things I actually could do, but to be honest, there really wasn’t that much.
Nicholas Sparks -- A Walk to Remember
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Despondently, he thought of Silas, whose body had been found in the park.
Dan Brown -- The Da Vinci Code
’It’s the end,’ Milo agreed despondently.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
Up one minute and down the next; now in spirits and now in despondency!
Charles Dickens -- A Tale of Two Cities
I haven’t had an easy time. If only you knew how much I used to cry at night, how unhappy and despondent I was,
Anne Frank -- The Diary of a Young Girl
I sat about in the darkness of the scullery, in a state of despondent wretchedness.
H.G. Wells -- The War of the Worlds
You’ve taken me out of myself, out of despondency and introspection, both of which have been my devils for a year.
Daphne du Maurier -- Rebecca
But when it became evident that their son was crippled, they became despondent.
Dan Brown -- Angels & Demons
I could not be despondent while I anticipated the delight of talking to my mother and reading her responses from her lips.
Helen Keller -- Story of My Life
She often heard him and Mama discussing his lack of work or talking despondently about Hans going to see their son, only to discover that the young man had left his lodging and was most likely already on his way to war.
Markus Zusak -- The Book Thief
He was despondent and sullen,
Stephen Crane -- The Red Badge of Courage
Despondency had come upon her there in the wakeful night, and had never lifted.
Kate Chopin -- The Awakening
"If life is often as hard as this, I don’t see how we ever shall get through it," added her sister despondently.
Louisa May Alcott -- Little Women
Why this despondency?
Sophocles -- Antigone
I endeavored also immediately to occupy myself, and at the same time to comfort my despondency.
Herman Melville -- Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
was in the uttermost depths of despondency.
Joseph Conrad -- Heart of Darkness
Nathan was half-despondent, half-eager, and somehow the eagerness alone communicated itself to me.
Kamala Markandaya -- Nectar in a Sieve
It all depends on whether your man is of the desponding type who can be tempted to despair, or of the wishful-thinking type who can be assured that all is well.
C.S. Lewis -- The Screwtape Letters
then added, despondently, "but woe is me!"
Mark Twain -- The Prince and The Pauper
The second year of the marriage, Eveanna was born, and three years later, Beverly; after each confinement the young mother had experienced an inexplicable despondency-seizures of grief that sent her wandering from room to room in a hands wringing daze.
Truman Capote -- In Cold Blood
The General would usually pay a visit to the tents early in the morning, and his earnest, cheerful, encouraging voice would dispel any feeling of despondency.
Booker T. Washington -- Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
a few years ago she got despondent and said life was just the same thing over and over, and she didn’t see the use of it.
Willa Cather -- O Pioneers!
While Officer Delinko had been dozing, somebody had sprayed all the windows of his squad car with black paint. ... He touched his finger to the windshield—the paint was dry. "My car," he said despondently.
Carl Hiassen -- Hoot
He ate, worked, loved, dreamed and played in this garment of heaviness, weighed down as if he were wearing a leaden bathrobe—trudging daily through the murky despondency that sucked the color out of everything.
William P. Young -- The Shack
His terror of the gallows drove him continually to commit temporary suicide, and return to his subordinate station of a part instead of a person; but he loathed the necessity, he loathed the despondency into which Jekyll was now fallen, and he resented the dislike with which he was himself regarded.
Robert Louis Stevenson -- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Not a latent echo in the house, ... not a sigh among the leafless boughs of one despondent poplar, ... but fell upon the heart of Scrooge with a softening influence, and gave a freer passage to his tears.
Charles Dickens -- A Christmas Carol
She felt despondent suddenly,
Robert Cormier -- After the First Death
But he was so despondent about his own inability to teach what he believed,
Robert M. Pirsig -- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
less despondent spirits
Henry David Thoreau -- Resistance to Civil Government
GUIL sits despondently. He takes a coin, spins it, lets it fall between his feet. He looks at it, picks it up, throws it to ROS, who puts it in his bag.
Tom Stoppard -- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
As the morning went on, and the fires began to be kindled, and the windows to open, and the people to appear out of the houses, my concern and despondency grew ever the blacker.
Robert Louis Stevenson -- Kidnapped
having lost confidence both in the former doctor’s treatment and in this one’s, he became still more despondent.
Leo Tolstoy -- The Death of Ivan Ilych
And even when he could eat what was offered, he was often too agitated or despondent to do so.
Dave Eggers -- Zeitoun
Overall, she thought, if she were ranking the days, this one would have been ... number three in despondency (the day Jim died and the funeral still occupied the first two slots in that sorry category),
Nicholas Sparks -- The Guardian
For the hours that Gogol is at nursery school, finger-painting and learning the English alphabet, Ashima is despondent, unaccustomed, all over again, to being on her own.
Jhumpa Lahiri -- The Namesake
I’m also worried that if he ever calmed down and reflected on the things he said, he may be despondent.
Steve Lopez -- The Soloist
In the church, Armor-of-God sat on the front pew, despondent.
Orson Scott Card -- Red Prophet
Shaking his head, Max paced despondently.
Henry H. Neff -- The Maelstrom
Celia wiped the blood from Jorge’s despondent blue eyes with a wet cloth.
Christina Garcia -- Dreaming in Cuban
She was despondent, Eve.
J.D. Robb -- Immortal in Death
With a few despondent slashes of his pencil, Max randomly assigned numbers to the blank spaces before surrendering his exam.