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Definition: extremely discouraged, depressed, or dejected, usually because one has given up hope

Synonyms: hopeless, dejected, disconsolate, depressed, despairing, discouraged, dismal, doleful, downcast, gloomy, glum

Antonyms: joyful, optimistic, elated, ebullient

Tips: Despondent comes from the Latin word despondere, "to give up, yield, or resign." If you are despondent, you have given up hope and because of this, you feel dejected, discouraged, and depressed.

Usage Examples:

John was despondent after Sarah refused to return his calls. (depressed, dejected)

After the collapse of his company, the despondent businessman sat in his apartment all day, watching television. (disconsolate, dejected)

He was despondent about his failure and felt that he would never again achieve success. (depressed, discouraged, dismal)

Joe was despondent about his work and felt that there was no point in trying, because he wouldn't receive recognition for his efforts anyway. (hopeless, despairing, doleful)

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