despond

[ 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.

noun


RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. despiteful,
  2. despitefully,
  3. despiteous,
  4. despoil,
  5. despoliation,
  6. despondency,
  7. despondent,
  8. despot,
  9. despotic,
  10. despotic monarchy

Origin of despond

1670–80; < Latin dēspondēre to give up, lose heart, promise, equivalent to dē- de- + spondēre to promise

Related formsde·spond·er, nounde·spond·ing·ly, adverbun·de·spond·ing, adjectiveun·de·spond·ing·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for despond

despond

verb (dɪˈspɒnd)

(intr) to lose heart or hope; become disheartened; despair

noun (ˈdɛspɒnd, dɪˈspɒnd)

archaic lack of hope; despondency
Derived Formsdespondingly, adverb

Word Origin for despond

C17: from Latin dēspondēre to promise, make over to, yield, lose heart, from de- + spondēre to promise

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