[dih-spond or especially for 2, des-pond]
verb (used without object)
to be depressed by loss of hope, confidence, or courage.

1670–80; < Latin dēspondēre to give up, lose heart, promise, equivalent to dē- de- + spondēre to promise

desponder, noun
despondingly, adverb
undesponding, adjective
undespondingly, adverb Unabridged
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1.  (intr) to lose heart or hope; become disheartened; despair
2.  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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Example sentences
It is far too complicated, automatically guarantees a slough of litigation and despond, and has minimal effect on college quality.
After each point he jumps up and down, releases his shorts from the valley of despond, and is ready to go.
But the latest incremental improvement may help lift the field out of the slough of despond.
At the present crisis in the history of our country, less than ever does it become a patriot to despond.
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