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  • v  lose confidence or hope; become dejected
    The supporters of the Presidential candidate desponded when they learned the early results of the election

  • Recall, please, the national mood in the 1970s: after the 1960s party, we found ourselves in a slough of despond, with an oil crisis, a terrible recession, declining productivity .
  • And the party's current despond seemed to enhance the rowdiness in Ames.
  • For the American people, the astronaut's triumph came as a particularly welcome gift after a year of disruption and despond.

  • Mike Wallace in NPR
    No matter where I was in the United States or abroad,Wallace said, "He would find me and try to talk me out of the slough of despond that I was in."

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