Having lost all hope
The children, feeling sad and despondent, were about to follow him when the Wizard touched Dorothy softly on her shoulder.
Like another Socrates, he taught them to know themselves, repressing vanity, encouraging the despondent, and attaching all alike by his unobtrusive sympathy.
I could not be despondent while I anticipated the delight of talking to my mother and reading her responses from her lips.
In his law practice he had disappointed himself and his friends, and he became despondent as to his future.
In spite of all its inaccuracies and exaggerations the book served a useful purpose in reviving the self-respect of a despondent people.