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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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  • And yet, amidst all my hopes, there are hours when I tremble and despond!

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Be comforted; be not dejected; do not despond, my dearest and best-beloved friend.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Should we fail to have news of his capture in Dauphiny, we need not, nevertheless, despond.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • Besides, I try to look on the best side, and not to despond.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Suiting the action to the word, he flung his burden into the Slough of despond.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • You will meet with difficulties, but do not despond; to every cloud, there is a silver lining.

    The Silver Lining John Roussel
  • A cemetery by the sea, a peak of glory, a slough of despond.

    The Short Life Francis Donovan
  • All the world was not limited to the Slough of despond at her feet.

    A Forgotten Hero Emily Sarah Holt
  • "Do not despond, sir, I undertake to cure you," said a voice behind.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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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