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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The Pilgrim's Progress' we had in the house (it was as common a possession as a dresser-head), and so enamoured of it was I that I turned our garden into sloughs of Despond, with pea-sticks to represent Christian on his travels and a buffet-stool for his burden, but when I dragged my mother out to see my handiwork she was scared, and I felt for days, with a certain elation, that I had been a dark character.