despond

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin despondere ‘give up, abandon’, from de- + spondere ‘promise’.

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despond (third-person singular simple present desponds, present participle desponding, simple past and past participle desponded)

  1. To give up the will, courage, or spirit; to become dejected, lose heart.
    • Scott's Letters
      I should despair, or at least despond.
    • John Locke
      Others depress their own minds, [and] despond at the first difficulty.
    • D. Webster
      We wish that [] desponding patriotism may turn its eyes hitherward, and be assured that foundations of our national power still stand strong.

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despond (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) Despondency.

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