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despondency

de·spond·en·cy

despondency

pronunciation:
dih span dn si
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part of speech: noun
definition: the condition of one who is dejected by hopelessness or loss of courage.
derivation: despondence (n.)
Word Parts
The word despondency contains the following part:
-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.