AskDefine | Define despondent

Dictionary Definition

despondent adj : without or almost without hope; "despondent about his failure"; "too heartsick to fight back" [syn: heartsick]

User Contributed Dictionary



From despondere.


  1. In low spirits from loss of hope or courage.



in low spirits from loss of hope or courage

Extensive Definition

Depression or depress may refer to:


  • Depression (mood), a lack of positive affect
  • Colloquially, Adjustment disorder with depressed mood, previously known as Reactive depression.
  • Major depressive disorder a clinical diagnosis of a state of intense sadness
    • Melancholic depression a sub-type of clinical depression characterized by an inability to feel pleasure combined with physical agitation, insomnia, or decreased appetite
    • Atypical depression, a cyclical sub-type of clinical depression where sleep, feeding and perception of pleasure are normal but there is a feeling of lethargy
    • Psychotic depression, a sub-type of clinical depression combined with psychotic or delusional perceptions
    • Postnatal depression, clinical depression following childbirth
  • Depression is the 4th stage of the Kübler-Ross model (commonly known as the "stages of dying").



despondent in Bosnian: Depresija (čvor)
despondent in Czech: Deprese
despondent in German: Depression (Begriffsklärung)
despondent in Spanish: Depresión (desambiguación)
despondent in Esperanto: Depresio
despondent in French: Dépression
despondent in Croatian: Depresija
despondent in Italian: Depressione
despondent in Dutch: Depressie
despondent in Dutch Low Saxon: Depressie
despondent in Norwegian: Depresjon
despondent in Polish: Depresja
despondent in Portuguese: Depressão
despondent in Russian: Депрессия (значения)
despondent in Simple English: Depression
despondent in Slovak: Depresia
despondent in Serbian: Депресија
despondent in Swedish: Depression (olika betydelser)
despondent in Ukrainian: Депресія

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

affording no hope, apathetic, bleak, blue, bowed-down, cast down, cheerless, comfortless, dashed, dejected, depressed, despairing, desperate, desponding, disconsolate, discouraged, disheartened, dismal, dispirited, down, downcast, downhearted, drooping, droopy, feeling low, forlorn, grieving, grim, heartless, hopeless, hypochondriac, hypochondriacal, in despair, in low spirits, in the depths, in the doldrums, in the dumps, languishing, low, low-spirited, melancholy, miserable, morose, mourning, pessimistic, pining, sad, sorrowful, spiritless, subdued, suicidal, unhappy, unhopeful, weary of life, without hope, woebegone, world-weary
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