despondence


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de·spon·dence

 (dĭ-spŏn′dəns)
n.
Despondency.
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Noun1.despondence - feeling downcast and disheartened and hopeless
depression - sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy

despondence

noun
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despondence

, despondency
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As she walked along, seemingly incommoded by the burden, a young man met her, whose countenance expressed a deeper despondence. Uttering a few sounds with an air of melancholy, he took the pail from her head and bore it to the cottage himself.
Her fears, he had no courage, no confidence to attempt the removal of:-- he listened to them in silent despondence;--but her difficulties were instantly obviated, for with a readiness that seemed to speak the occasion, and the service pre-arranged in his mind, he offered himself as the messenger who should fetch Mrs.
A large and still increasing family, an husband disabled for active service, but not the less equal to company and good liquor, and a very small income to supply their wants, made her eager to regain the friends she had so carelessly sacrificed; and she addressed Lady Bertram in a letter which spoke so much contrition and despondence, such a superfluity of children, and such a want of almost everything else, as could not but dispose them all to a reconciliation.
Winthrop, however, or its environs--for young men are, sometimes to be met with, strolling about near home--was their destination; and after another half mile of gradual ascent through large enclosures, where the ploughs at work, and the fresh made path spoke the farmer counteracting the sweets of poetical despondence, and meaning to have spring again, they gained the summit of the most considerable hill, which parted Uppercross and Winthrop, and soon commanded a full view of the latter, at the foot of the hill on the other side.
"The sun cannot be yonder," said Hannah, with despondence. "By this time it must be noon.
'The sun cannot be yonder[ said Hannah, with despondence. 'By this time it must be noon.
The lane where I spent my childhood now seems to be shrouded with a melancholic cloak of despondence. This summer I decided to visit all the elderly people living there.
"We need to change the culture to ensure incident forms are properly investigated and it is empowering for nurses to hand them in, rather than creating despondence," Chalk said.
But the message of miserable despondence should be challenged.
After Burmah's release from prison, the brief wildness of her marriage continued to shadow her life and ultimately led to her to despondence and alcoholism.
Penalty controversy aside, there was no getting away from the fact that this was a desperately worrying performance from the Bluebirds, with Warnock opening up on the extent of his side's despondence at halftime.
class="MsoNormal'TRAVEL WARNINGS' Travel advisories only serve to play into the hands of these vile merchants of death to who fear and despondence are essential tools of trade.