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Definition of the Slough of Despond noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the Slough of Despond

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌslaʊ əv dɪˈspɒnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌslaʊ əv dɪˈspɑːnd//
 
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a mental state in which a person feels no hope and is very afraid He was sinking into the Slough of Despond. From the name of a place that Christian, the main character, must travel through in John Bunyan’sThe Pilgrim’s Progress.