slough of despond

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Noun1.slough of despond - (formal) extreme depression
formality - compliance with formal rules; "courtroom formality"
depression - a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity
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Well, you dropped Linton with it into a Slough of Despond.
Men and women danced in moccasins, and the place was soon a-roar, Burning Daylight the centre of it and the animating spark, with quip and jest and rough merriment rousing them out of the slough of despond in which he had found them.
For all men life is indeed a journey, and the Slough of Despond, Doubting Castle, Vanity Fair, and the Valley of Humiliation are places where in one sense or another every human soul has often struggled and suffered; so that every reader goes hand in hand with Christian and his friends, fears for them in their dangers and rejoices in their escapes.
Sparsit, fallen from her pinnacle of exultation into the Slough of Despond, was not in so bad a plight as that remarkable man and self-made Humbug, Josiah Bounderby of Coketown.
We were in the Slough of Despond tonight, and Mother came and pulled us out as Help did in the book.
While stumbling through this Slough of Despond, he was called to Washington by his patent lawyer.
So, the Bride had mounted into her handsome chariot, incidentally accompanied by the Bridegroom; and after rolling for a few minutes smoothly over a fair pavement, had begun to jolt through a Slough of Despond, and through a long, long avenue of wrack and ruin.
I can see how some individuals might fall into a Slough of Despond at this precise time of year.
And, of course, we are also capable of resolving most of our disputes amicably (chapter 9), but if we need a third party to resolve disagreements, the benefits of private arbitration are many compared to trudging through the slough of despond that is the state court system.
Years of trudging through an economic slough of despond, guarded by German warders, have left the states of the European Union's south near to despair.
The obvious provisions are that you don't leap off the deep end into a slough of despond and that you tailor the appeal so participation seems logical for those who exist within the segment.