- to be depressed by loss of hope, confidence, or courage.
Origin of despond
Examples from the Web for desponding
Historical Examples of desponding
“If I could do such and such a thing,” sighs the desponding youth.Self-Help
"I am sorry to say I have not," was poor Jacob's reply, in a desponding voice.
"I can do no more, Sir John," he muttered in a desponding voice.The Sea-Hawk
In the darkest days he was able to cheer and encourage the desponding.Charles Carleton Coffin
William Elliot Griffis, D. D.
There is a desponding melancholy in the run of the last line!Parodies of Ballad Criticism (1711-1787)
- (intr) to lose heart or hope; become disheartened; despair
- archaic lack of hope; despondency