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despond

[dih-spond or especially for 2, des-pond] /dɪˈspɒnd or especially for 2, ˈdɛs pɒnd/
verb (used without object)
1.
to be depressed by loss of hope, confidence, or courage.
noun
Origin of despond
1670-1680
1670-80; < Latin dēspondēre to give up, lose heart, promise, equivalent to dē- de- + spondēre to promise
Related forms
desponder, noun
despondingly, adverb
undesponding, adjective
undespondingly, adverb
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  • Here I heard the sound of a cow-bell, which imparted a gleam of hope to my desponding mind.

  • “If I could do such and such a thing,” sighs the desponding youth.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Fear not, ye maids, who love to hear me speak; Let no desponding tears bedim your cheek!

    The Bon Gaultier Ballads William Edmonstoune Aytoun
  • In the darkest days he was able to cheer and encourage the desponding.

    Charles Carleton Coffin William Elliot Griffis, D. D.
  • Oswald, raised in a moment from the desponding invalid to a terrifying ministrant of retributive justice.

    Initials Only Anna Katharine Green
  • There is a desponding melancholy in the run of the last line!

  • The strength and spirits of the desponding adventurer were very essentially revived by this encouragement.

  • Since the death of that son she has been a desolate, desponding woman, always bewailing him.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • The desponding successor of the Gregorys and the Clements knew not where to look for aid in that crisis of peril and revolution.

  • His clothes, which were shabby, hung round him in desponding folds.

    General John Regan George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for desponding

despond

verb (dɪˈspɒnd)
1.
(intransitive) to lose heart or hope; become disheartened; despair
noun (ˈdɛspɒnd; dɪˈspɒnd)
2.
(archaic) lack of hope; despondency
Derived Forms
despondingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dēspondēre to promise, make over to, yield, lose heart, from de- + spondēre to promise
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