[dih-spond or especially for 2, des-pond]

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for desponding

surrender, sadden, dishearten

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British Dictionary definitions for desponding


verb (dɪˈspɒnd)
  1. (intr) to lose heart or hope; become disheartened; despair
noun (ˈdɛspɒnd, dɪˈspɒnd)
  1. 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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