But, before we give ourselves up to despondence, let us see in what manner we may be able to help ourselves.
I smiled at the despondence in her tone as I extinguished the kerosene lamp-light.
I combated his despondence, and assured him of triumph, if he would persevere in a literary career.
To stupify us into despondence, that destruction may certainly seize us?
We, too, on this very morninglisten reader!may wreath "a flowery band to bind us to the Earth, spite of despondence."
Of these there was no trace in her eyes, only apathy, weariness, despondence.
Theological notions appear to have been made to debase him, to contract his mind, to plunge him into despondence.
In the train, her despondence was deepened by the thought of having to give an account of the day's experiences when she arrived.
Quick, or rather immediate, now, was the transition from despondence to transport.
Even the period of his bashfulness and despondence had a tender charm in looking back at it.
1670s, from Latin despondere "to give up, lose, lose heart, resign, to promise in marriage" (especially in phrase animam despondere, literally "give up one's soul"), from the sense of a promise to give something away, from de- "away" (see de-) + spondere "to promise" (see spondee). A condition more severe than despair.