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[dih-spond or especially for 2, des-pond] /dɪˈspɒnd or especially for 2, ˈdɛs pɒnd/
verb (used without object)
to be depressed by loss of hope, confidence, or courage.
Origin of despond
1670-80; < Latin dēspondēre to give up, lose heart, promise, equivalent to dē- de- + spondēre to promise
Related forms
desponder, noun
despondingly, adverb
undesponding, adjective
undespondingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • Take away its banks and it spreads all over creation and becomes a stagnant slough of despond.

    Happiness and Marriage Elizabeth (Jones) Towne
  • A cemetery by the sea, a peak of glory, a slough of despond.

    The Short Life Francis Donovan
  • And in the mean time will you help me pull him out of his slough of despond?

    Claire Leslie Burton Blades
  • Should we fail to have news of his capture in Dauphiny, we need not, nevertheless, despond.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • We are all pilgrims; and there is for each of us some slough of despond, through which we must struggle to the happy valley.

  • She had begun to despond of Lilian's recovery, and she infected me with her own alarm.

    A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It is out of this slough of despond in medical education that we have climbed in the last thirty-five years.

  • I look upon him as the most fluent of his race; therefore let him not despond.

    The Punster's Pocket-book Charles Molloy Westmacott
  • All the world was not limited to the Slough of despond at her feet.

    A Forgotten Hero Emily Sarah Holt
British Dictionary definitions for despond


verb (dɪˈspɒnd)
(intransitive) to lose heart or hope; become disheartened; despair
noun (ˈdɛspɒnd; dɪˈspɒnd)
(archaic) lack of hope; despondency
Derived Forms
despondingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dēspondēre to promise, make over to, yield, lose heart, from de- + spondēre to promise
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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