despond

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin dēspondeō ‎(give up, abandon), from ‎(from) +‎ spondeō ‎(promise).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /dɪˈspɒnd/
  • (rare, noun usage) IPA(key): /ˈdɛspɒnd/
  • Hyphenation: de‧spond

Verb[edit]

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.
    • 1867, John Conington, The Aeneid of Virgil, translation of original by Virgil, page 176:
      Yet still despond not, but proceed
      Along the path where fate may lead.
    • 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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Noun[edit]

despond ‎(uncountable)

  1. (archaic) Despondency.

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