despond

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

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

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, Aeneid, translation of original by Virgil, page 176:
      Yet still despond not, but proceed
      Along the path where fate may lead.
    • (Can we date this quote by Scott's Letters and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      I should despair, or at least despond.
    • a. 1705, John Locke, “Of the Conduct of the Understanding”, in Posthumous Works of Mr. John Locke: [], London: [] A[wnsham] and J[ohn] Churchill, [], published 1706, OCLC 6963663:
      Others depress their own minds, [and] despond at the first difficulty.
    • (Can we date this quote by D. Webster and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      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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