AskDefine | Define despondency

Dictionary Definition

despondency n : feeling downcast and disheartened and hopeless [syn: despondence, heartsickness, disconsolateness]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The loss of hope or confidence; despair or dejection.
  2. A feeling of depression or disheartenment.


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").



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

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Schmerz, Slough of Despond, acedia, apathy, blank despondency, cave of Trophonius, cave of despair, death wish, dejectedness, dejection, depression, despair, desperateness, desperation, despondentness, disconsolateness, discouragement, disheartenment, dispiritedness, down trip, downcastness, downer, downheartedness, drooping spirits, forlornness, heartlessness, hopelessness, low spirits, lowness, lowness of spirit, malaise, no exit, no way, no way out, oppression, pessimism, self-destructive urge, sinking heart, sloth, spiritlessness, suicidal despair, taedium vitae, weariness of life
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