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Definition emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
  • When her mother died, she was so despondent it was hard for her to get out of bed.
despondent = emotionally depressed
  • She was despondent about her failure.
  • despondent = depressed
  • Maybe Haymitch's noticed my despondency and is trying to cheer me up a bit.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • despondency = depression
  • ...described being despondent after her husband left her for another woman.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey
  • despondent = depressed
  • And even when he could eat what was offered, he was often too agitated or despondent to do so.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • despondent = depressed
  • There, Oppenheimer, who struggled with depression his entire life, grew despondent.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • despondent = depressed
  • Despondency had come upon her there in the wakeful night, and had never lifted.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • despondency = depression
  • Despondently, he thought of Silas, whose body had been found in the park.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • despondently = in a depressed manner
  • 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
  • despondent = depressed
  • Nathan was half-despondent, half-eager, and somehow the eagerness alone communicated itself to me.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • despondent = depressed
  • 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
  • despondent = discouraged (hopeless)
  • He cast a despondent, contrite glance toward Mariam, then his mother.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • despondent = depressed
  • Fagin sighed, and shook his head despondingly.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • despondingly = in a depressed manner
  • But when it became evident that their son was crippled, they became despondent.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • despondent = depressed
  • then added, despondently, "but woe is me!"
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • despondently = in a depressed manner
  • 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
  • despondent = depressed
  • I sat about in the darkness of the scullery, in a state of despondent wretchedness.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • despondent = emotionally depressed
  • It was the last expression of the despondency of a broken spirit.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • despondency = depression
  • Shaking his head, Max paced despondently.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • despondently = in a depressed manner
  • 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
despondency = depression

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