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Synonyms for despondency
dɪˈspɒn dən side·spon·den·cy

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. despondency

    Discouragement is the result of so much repulse or failure as wears out courage. Discouragements too frequent and long continued may produce a settled hopelessness. Hopelessness is negative, and may result from simple apathy; despondency and despair are more emphatic and decided. Despondency is an incapacity for the present exercise of hope; despair is the utter abandonment of hope. Despondency relaxes energy and effort and is always attended with sadness or distress; despair may produce a stony calmness, or it may lead to desperation. Desperation is energized despair, vigorous in action, reckless of consequences.

    Synonyms:
    despair, desperation, discouragement, hopelessness

    Antonyms:
    anticipation, assurance, cheer, confidence, courage, elation, encouragement, expectancy, expectation, hope, hopefulness, trust

Princeton's WordNet

  1. despondency, despondence, heartsickness, disconsolatenessnoun

    feeling downcast and disheartened and hopeless

    Synonyms:
    disconsolateness, heartsickness, despondence

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. despondencynoun

    Synonyms:
    dejection, discouragement, depression, sadness, MELANCHOLY, gloom, blues, blue devils, lowness of spirits

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. despondencynoun

    Synonyms:
    melancholy, depression, dejection

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "despondency":

    discouragement, despair, dismay, desperation, malaise

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How to use despondency in a sentence?

  1. Ramayana:

    Whate?er the work a man performs, The most effective aid to its completion? The most prolific source of true success? Is energy, without despondency.

  2. Wyndham Lewis:

    Then we are assured by Sartre that owing to the final disappearance of God our liberty is absolute! At this the entire audience waves its hat or claps its hands. But this natural enthusiasm is turned abruptly into something much less buoyant when it is learnt that this liberty weighs us down immediately with tremendous responsibilities. We now have to take all God's worries on our shoulders --now that we are become men like gods. It is at this point that the Anxiety and Despondency begin, ending in utter despair.

  3. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    Lust will die from a decrease in hormones. Anger will die of maturity. Gluttony will die of disease and despair. Pride and vanity will die of loneliness. Despondency will die from being bored. Greed will die of love. Envy will die of humility. Human vices are the folly of youth.

  4. Bharavi:

    As drops of bitter medicine, though minute, may have a salutary force, so words, though few and painful, uttered seasonably, may rouse the prostrate energies of those who meet misfortune with despondency.

  5. Raul Gallegos:

    Chavistas are willing to drive this country into a level of despondency and reduce the economy to a level Venezuela hasn't seen in decades as long as they can remain in power.

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