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

  • desponding — …   Useful english dictionary

  • δυσθυμότερον — δυσθῡμότερον , δύσθυμος desponding adverbial comp δυσθῡμότερον , δύσθυμος desponding masc acc comp sg δυσθῡμότερον , δύσθυμος desponding neut nom/voc/acc comp sg …   Greek morphological index (Ελληνική μορφολογικούς δείκτες)

  • 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

  • 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dejection — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Dejection >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 dejection dejection Sgm: N 1 dejectedness dejectedness &c. >Adj. Sgm: N 1 depression depression prosternation| Sgm: N 1 lowness of spirits lowness of spirits depression of… …   English dictionary for students

  • δυσθύμως — δυσθύ̱μως , δύσθυμος desponding adverbial δυσθύ̱μως , δύσθυμος desponding masc/fem acc pl (doric) …   Greek morphological index (Ελληνική μορφολογικούς δείκτες)

  • δύσθυμον — δύσθῡμον , δύσθυμος desponding masc/fem acc sg δύσθῡμον , δύσθυμος desponding neut nom/voc/acc sg …   Greek morphological index (Ελληνική μορφολογικούς δείκτες)

  • Desperate — Des per*ate, a. [L. desperatus, p. p. of desperare. See {Despair}, and cf. {Desperado}.] 1. Without hope; given to despair; hopeless. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I am desperate of obtaining her. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Beyond hope; causing despair;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Despondency — De*spond en*cy, n. The state of desponding; loss of hope and cessation of effort; discouragement; depression or dejection of the mind. [1913 Webster] The unhappy prince seemed, during some days, to be sunk in despondency. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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