As Anna read aloud from a serious book of verse to her aunt, her expression remained sad and despondent. Anna was stuck reading to her moody old relative for hours while her sisters went on a picnic outdoors—being left behind made Anna feel gloomy and despondent. In her unhappy despair and despondency, Anna read more and more slowly, until her voice broke and miserable tears streamed down her face.
Quiz: What does it mean to be despondent?
- To be very bored by a task that seems neverending.
- To be in very low spirits.
- To be very angry because you have to do something that you don’t want to do.