Despond

  • 1 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,… …

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  • 2 Despond — De*spond n. Despondency. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The slough of despond. Bunyan. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3 despond — [di spänd′] vi. [L despondere, to lose courage, yield < de , from + spondere, to promise: see SPONSOR] to lose courage or hope; become disheartened; be depressed n. despondency: now chiefly in slough of despond (see SLOUGH2, n. 2) …

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  • 4 despond — index brood, languish Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 5 Despond — Également écrit Desponds, le nom est surtout porté dans le Loiret, où il est attesté depuis la fin du XVIe siècle (commune de Coullons). Malgré la présence d un d, le nom semble une variante de Despont, Desponts (celui qui habite un lieu dit les… …

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  • 6 despond — 1. verb /dɪˈspɒnd/ To give up the will, courage, or spirit; to become dejected, lose heart. 2. noun /dɪˈspɒnd/ Despondency. Syn: despair See Also: Slough of Despond …

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  • 7 despond — /dəˈspɒnd/ (say duh spond) –verb (i) 1. Obsolete to lose heart, courage, or hope. –noun 2. Archaic despondency: slough of despond. {Latin dēspondēre give up, yield, in the phrase dēspondēre (animus) to lose (heart) …

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  • 8 despond — I. intransitive verb Etymology: Latin despondēre, from de + spondēre to promise solemnly more at spouse Date: 1655 to become despondent II. noun Date: 1678 despondency …

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  • 9 despond — desponder, n. despondingly, adv. /di spond / or, esp. for 2, /des pond/, v.i. 1. to be depressed by loss of hope, confidence, or courage. n. 2. despondency. [1670 80; < L despondere to give up, lose heart, promise, equiv. to de DE + spondere to… …

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  • 10 despond — Synonyms and related words: abandon hope, become suicidal, brood, despair, despair of, droop, falter, give up, give up hope, give way, hit rock bottom, languish, lose heart, lose hope, plumb the depths, reach the depths, sag, sink, sink into… …

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  • 11 despond — (Roget s Thesaurus II) I verb To lose all hope: despair, give up. See HOPE. II noun Utter lack of hope: despair, desperateness, desperation, despondence, despondency, hopelessness. See HOPE …

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  • 12 despond — [17] Latin had a phrase animam dēspondēre, literally ‘give up one’s soul’, hence ‘lose heart’. The verb dēspondēre came to be used on its own in this sense, and was borrowed thus by English. It was a compound verb, formed from the prefix dē… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 13 despond — de·spond || dɪ spÉ’nd n. despondency, depression, melancholy v. become despondent or discouraged, become depressed …

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  • 14 despond — [dɪ spɒnd] verb archaic become dejected and lose confidence. Origin C17: from L. despondere give up, abandon , from de away + spondere to promise …

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  • 15 despond — v. n. Despair, be cast down, be disheartened, lose hope, lose courage, be despondent, give up, abandon hope. See despair …

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  • 16 despond — v be depressed, be cast down, despair; lose hope of, lose heart, give up, surrender, quit, Sl. pack it in, give up the ship, cry quits, cry craven, throw in the towel, throw in the sponge; falter, give way, sink, droop, pine away; mope, mourn,… …

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  • 17 despond — de·spond …

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  • 18 despond — de•spond [[t]dɪˈspɒnd[/t]] or, esp. for 2, [[t]ˈdɛs pɒnd[/t]] v. i. 1) to be depressed by loss of hope, confidence, or courage 2) despondency • Etymology: 1670–80; < L dēspondēre to give up, lose heart, promise …

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  • 19 despond — [17] Latin had a phrase animam dēspondēre, literally ‘give up one’s soul’, hence ‘lose heart’. The verb dēspondēre came to be used on its own in this sense, and was borrowed thus by English. It was a compound verb, formed from the prefix dē… …

    Word origins

  • 20 despond — v. & n. v.intr. lose heart or hope; be dejected. n. archaic despondency. Etymology: L despondere give up, abandon (as DE , spondere promise) …

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