I asked him why he looked so despondent, and he told me it was because he had failed an examination that day.
de (away)#spondere (to promise, pledge) (Latin)
despondent, dour, lugubrious, maudlin, morose, saturnine
blithe, buoyant, ebullient, jocular
the word despondant looks like pepsodent. So wen u don't brush in the morning. Ur day will be gloomy and depressing. DEreSPOND. means no response. a person who is in low spirits doesn't respond hence suffer from despondency think like des 'pond'-> 'ponder' when we don't ponder (think) eventually we lose hope desp+on+dent = desperate person dented (hit emotionally) = gloomy and depressed.