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

verb (used without object)

to be depressed by loss of hope, confidence, or courage.



Nearby words

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

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for desponding


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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