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When her mother died, she was so despondent it was hard for her to get out of bed.
  emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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Synonym comparisons:  Despondence describes a shorter-term response to a specific loss. It is most similar to depression; though never used clinically as depression can be used.  It is more severe than sadness.  It is longer-lasting than dejected, but never used to describe a long-term personality trait the way melancholy might be used.
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  • 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

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  • 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.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
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