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People that go through serious illness - you can either go one way or the other. You can either become despondent about it all. Or it kind of rejuvenates you, makes you focus on what's important.
Jack Layton

Meaning of "despondent" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF DESPONDENT

despondent  [dɪˈspɒndənt] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF DESPONDENT

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Despondent is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES DESPONDENT MEAN IN ENGLISH?

despondent

Depression (mood)

Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person's thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being. Depressed people can feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, worried, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, hurt, or restless. They may lose interest in activities that once were pleasurable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, have problems concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions, and may contemplate, attempt, or commit suicide. Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, loss of energy, or aches, pains, or digestive problems may also be present. Depressed mood is not always a psychiatric disorder. It may also be a normal reaction to certain life events, a symptom of some medical conditions, or a side effect of some drugs or medical treatments. Depressed mood is also a primary or associated feature of certain psychiatric syndromes such as clinical depression.

Definition of despondent in the English dictionary

The definition of despondent in the dictionary is downcast or disheartened; lacking hope or courage; dejected.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH DESPONDENT


abundant
əˈbʌndənt
ascendant
əˈsɛndənt
attendant
əˈtɛndənt
co-respondent
ˌkəʊrɪˈspɒndənt
correspondent
ˌkɒrɪˈspɒndənt
defendant
dɪˈfɛndənt
demandant
dɪˈmɑːndənt
dependant
dɪˈpɛndənt
dependent
dɪˈpɛndənt
descendant
dɪˈsɛndənt
descendent
dɪˈsɛndənt
fondant
ˈfɒndənt
frondent
ˈfrɒndənt
independent
ˌɪndɪˈpɛndənt
pendant
ˈpɛndənt
pendent
ˈpɛndənt
redundant
rɪˈdʌndənt
respondent
rɪˈspɒndənt
superintendent
ˌsuːpərɪnˈtɛndənt
transcendent
trænˈsɛndənt

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE DESPONDENT

despiteous
despiteously
despoil
despoiler
despoiling
despoilment
despoliation
despond
despondence
despondency
despondently
despondingly
despot
despotat
despotic
despotical
despotically
despoticalness
despotism
despotocracy

WORDS THAT END LIKE DESPONDENT

accident
ascendent
candent
chemically dependent
chief superintendent
co-dependent
detective chief superintendent
detective superintendent
education correspondent
foreign correspondent
indent
insulin-dependent
pretendent
resplendent
scandent
school superintendent
science correspondent
semi-independent
special correspondent
splendent
war correspondent

Synonyms and antonyms of despondent in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «DESPONDENT»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «despondent» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of despondent

Translation of «despondent» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF DESPONDENT

Find out the translation of despondent to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of despondent from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «despondent» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

沮丧的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

abatido
570 millions of speakers

English

despondent
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

हताश
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

القنوط
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

уныние
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

abatido
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

হতাশ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

découragé
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Lemah hati
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

niedergeschlagen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

落胆した
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

낙담한
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Sedhih banget
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

tuyệt vọng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சோர்வுற்றும்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

हताश
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

umutsuz
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

abbattuto
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

przygnębiony
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

зневіру
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

descurajat
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αποκαρδιωμένοι
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

moedeloos
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

despondent
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

motløs
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of despondent

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «DESPONDENT»

The term «despondent» is regularly used and occupies the 75.996 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «DESPONDENT» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about despondent

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4 QUOTES WITH «DESPONDENT»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word despondent.
1
Pema Chodron
If right now our emotional reaction to seeing a certain person or hearing certain news is to fly into a rage or to get despondent or something equally extreme, it's because we have been cultivating that particular habit for a very long time.
2
Jack Layton
People that go through serious illness - you can either go one way or the other. You can either become despondent about it all. Or it kind of rejuvenates you, makes you focus on what's important.
3
Jane McGonigal
Clinically speaking, depression is a pessimistic sense of your own capabilities, and despondent lack of energy.
4
Tom Odell
I'm not saying you have to be totally despondent or anything, but... in New York, it's cold sometimes; it rains sometimes; even if everything in your life is great, bad weather can set the mood. You can write songs in New York because it's not always perfect. To write a good song, things can't be perfect.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «DESPONDENT»

Discover the use of despondent in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to despondent and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms
port, »ecstasy despairing adj hopeless, desperate, »despondent, forlorn Ana melancholy, »melancholic, atrabilious: pessimistic, misanthropic, »cynical: depressed, weighed down (see DEPRESS) Ant hopeful —Con optimistic, roseate , ...
Merriam-Webster, Inc, 1984
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Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary: Eleventh Edition
DESPONDENT implies a deep dejection arising from a conviction of the uselessness of further effort (despondent about yet another rejection). DESPAIRING suggests the slipping away of all hope and often despondency ( despairing appeals ...
‎2004
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Dazzling Secrets for Despondent Saints
About This Book This book, Dazzling Secrets For Despondent Saints deals with the positive side of overcoming depression from a decidedly Christian, biblical perspective.
Ken Chant, 2012
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Perspectives on Motivation
Standards that exceed attainments are said to enhance motivation through goal challenges, but negative discrepancies are also invoked as activators of despondent mood. Moreover, when negative discrepancies do have adverse effects, they ...
Richard Dienstbier, Richard A. Dienstbier, 1991
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Sound Sentiment: An Essay on the Musical Emotions, Including ...
Despondency is a defect in people, and my expressing despondency is logically dependent upon my being despondent. But music expressive of despondency is not despondent music, in the sense in which a person can be said to be ...
Peter Kivy, 1989
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Rāmopākhyāna: The Story of Rāma in the Mahābhārata : an ...
At the same time the despondency results from the hearing in which case it would be translated, 'despondent because of hearing the very disagreeable news ( prose sentences 1-2).' Clearly he is despondent as a result of hearing the news ...
Peter M. Scharf, 2003
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The Reading Teacher's Word-a-Day: 180 Ready-to-Use Lessons ...
Someone who is despondent is depressed, dejected, discouraged, forlorn, hopeless, desperate, or otherwise not very happy: “I lost my job and I have no hope of getting another one. Besides that, neither my dog nor my girlfriend will speak to ...
Edward B. Fry, Ph.D., 2008
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Handbook of Communication and Aging Research
One target fit the Despondent stereotype, and the other the Golden Ager stereotype (see Table 4.1). For half the participants, the targets were presented in a context consistent with the stereotypes, so that the Despondent target was in a  ...
Jon F. Nussbaum, Justine Coupland, 2004
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The Psychotherapeutic Treatment of Cancer Patients
The American College Dictionary's definition and differentiation of hopeless, despairing, despondent, and desperate perfectly reflects my thinking: They all describe an absence of hope. Hopeless is used for a feeling of futility and passive ...
Jane G. Goldberg, 1990
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The Flower Remedy Book: A Comprehensive Guide to Over 700 ...
Hornbeam • — despondent when facing the tasks of daily life, such as work Kapok Bush + — resignation, easily discouraged, apathy Larch •+ — despondent from low self esteem Lavender A+ — despondent with a sense of failure Mauve ...
Jeffrey G. Shapiro, 1999

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «DESPONDENT»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term despondent is used in the context of the following news items.
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Patrick Dempsey consoled after Can't Buy Me Love co-star Amanda …
Patrick Demspsey cut a despondent figure on Tuesday as he was spotted after learning that his co-star Amanda Peterson has died at the age of ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
2
Ashes 2015: Who were the winners and losers on the first day of the …
After the weeks of build up, mind games and predictions - both hopeful and despondent, the Ashes is finally underway. The cocksure and aged ... «The Independent, Jul 15»
3
Medical examiner reveals cause of death of 2 East Haven children
Police said she appeared despondent when she told officers: “I stabbed them, I released them.” However, the medical examiner said blunt ... «New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV, Jul 15»
4
Ben Affleck returns to Atlanta after Jennifer Garner split to spend …
And the 42-year-old still looks despondent as he gets used to living a separate life from his family unit of ten years. On Tuesday the exhausted ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
5
An American in Milano
(Jenny Vrentas/The MMQB); After finishing one win shy of the Italian Super Bowl, many of the Rhinos are despondent. (Jenny Vrentas/The ... «The MMQB, Jul 15»
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Dad faces murder charges after tossing 7-month-old infant into …
The body of a 7-month-old boy was found in the Connecticut River on Tuesday, two days after his despondent dad allegedly tossed the infant ... «New York Daily News, Jul 15»
7
Highland Park mom takes climate change mission to nation's capital
My own daughter, 9, came home from school after watching a climate change documentary last month and was despondent about the planet's ... «Chicago Tribune, Jul 15»
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US and Iran resume talks after another deadline lapses
Corker, who spearheaded the passage of legislation providing the review period, said he was “fairly despondent” over remaining issues that ... «Washington Post, Jul 15»
9
Watch This Father And Daughter's Beat Box Battle To End All Beat …
Moreover, he grows increasingly despondent and frustrated that Mozart doesn't seem to grasp or particularly care about the depth of his own genius. Basically ... «Bustle, Jul 15»
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Bellingham man with knife detained with Taser, bean-bag rounds
Police believe Zick, who doesn't have a permanent address, was despondent and feeling like he was “at the end of his rope” because he'd ... «The Bellingham Herald, Jul 15»

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