[dih-spond or especially for 2, des-pond]
- to be depressed by loss of hope, confidence, or courage.
Origin of despond
1670–80; < Latin dēspondēre to give up, lose heart, promise, equivalent to dē- de- + spondēre to promise
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Examples from the Web for 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
C17: from Latin dēspondēre to promise, make over to, yield, lose heart, from de- + spondēre to promise
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