Desponded
despond de*spond", v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Desponded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Desponding}.] [L. despond[=e]re, desponsum, to promise away, promise in marriage, give up, to lose (courage); de- + spond[=e]re to promise solemnly. See {Sponsor}.] To give up the will, courage, or spirit; to be thoroughly disheartened; to lose all courage; to become dispirited or depressed; to take an unhopeful view. [1913 Webster]

I should despair, or at least despond. --Scott's Letters. [1913 Webster]

Others depress their own minds, [and] despond at the first difficulty. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

We wish that . . . desponding patriotism may turn its eyes hitherward, and be assured that the foundations of our national power still stand strong. --D. Webster.

Syn: {Despond}, {Dispair}.

Usage: Despair implies a total loss of hope, which despond does not, at least in every case; yet despondency is often more lasting than despair, or than desperation, which impels to violent action. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • desponded — de·spond || dɪ spÉ’nd n. despondency, depression, melancholy v. become despondent or discouraged, become depressed …   English contemporary dictionary

  • despond — de*spond , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Desponded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Desponding}.] [L. despond[=e]re, desponsum, to promise away, promise in marriage, give up, to lose (courage); de + spond[=e]re to promise solemnly. See {Sponsor}.] To give up the will,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Desponding — despond de*spond , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Desponded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Desponding}.] [L. despond[=e]re, desponsum, to promise away, promise in marriage, give up, to lose (courage); de + spond[=e]re to promise solemnly. See {Sponsor}.] To give up… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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