despond


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Related to despond: sloughs of despond

de·spond

 (dĭ-spŏnd′)
intr.v. de·spond·ed, de·spond·ing, de·sponds
To become disheartened or discouraged.
n.
Despondency: "The outward show of fight masked a spreading inner despond at the White House" (Newsweek).

[Latin dēspondēre, to give up : dē-, de- + spondēre, to promise; see spend- in Indo-European roots.]

de·spond′ing·ly adv.

despond

vb
(intr) to lose heart or hope; become disheartened; despair
n
archaic lack of hope; despondency
[C17: from Latin dēspondēre to promise, make over to, yield, lose heart, from de- + spondēre to promise]
deˈspondingly adv

de•spond

(dɪˈspɒnd or, esp. for 2, ˈdɛs pɒnd)

v.i.
1. to be depressed by loss of hope, confidence, or courage.
n.
[1670–80; < Latin dēspondēre to give up, lose heart, promise]

despond


Past participle: desponded
Gerund: desponding

Imperative
despond
despond
Present
I despond
you despond
he/she/it desponds
we despond
you despond
they despond
Preterite
I desponded
you desponded
he/she/it desponded
we desponded
you desponded
they desponded
Present Continuous
I am desponding
you are desponding
he/she/it is desponding
we are desponding
you are desponding
they are desponding
Present Perfect
I have desponded
you have desponded
he/she/it has desponded
we have desponded
you have desponded
they have desponded
Past Continuous
I was desponding
you were desponding
he/she/it was desponding
we were desponding
you were desponding
they were desponding
Past Perfect
I had desponded
you had desponded
he/she/it had desponded
we had desponded
you had desponded
they had desponded
Future
I will despond
you will despond
he/she/it will despond
we will despond
you will despond
they will despond
Future Perfect
I will have desponded
you will have desponded
he/she/it will have desponded
we will have desponded
you will have desponded
they will have desponded
Future Continuous
I will be desponding
you will be desponding
he/she/it will be desponding
we will be desponding
you will be desponding
they will be desponding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been desponding
you have been desponding
he/she/it has been desponding
we have been desponding
you have been desponding
they have been desponding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been desponding
you will have been desponding
he/she/it will have been desponding
we will have been desponding
you will have been desponding
they will have been desponding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been desponding
you had been desponding
he/she/it had been desponding
we had been desponding
you had been desponding
they had been desponding
Conditional
I would despond
you would despond
he/she/it would despond
we would despond
you would despond
they would despond
Past Conditional
I would have desponded
you would have desponded
he/she/it would have desponded
we would have desponded
you would have desponded
they would have desponded
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.despond - lose confidence or hope; become dejected; "The supporters of the Presidential candidate desponded when they learned the early results of the election"
despair - abandon hope; give up hope; lose heart; "Don't despair--help is on the way!"

despond

verb
To lose all hope:
noun
References in classic literature ?
We were in the Slough of Despond tonight, and Mother came and pulled us out as Help did in the book.
Well, you dropped Linton with it into a Slough of Despond.
Other letters, later in date, described him as a little too ready to despond about himself; as having been sent away, on that account, to some new railway works, to see if change of scene would rouse him; and as having benefited in every respect by the experiment -- except perhaps in regard to his professional studies, which still advanced but slowly.
Don't despond," said Carton, very gently; "don't grieve.
While stumbling through this Slough of Despond, he was called to Washington by his patent lawyer.
Do not let us despond, but wait at Rueil, for my conviction is that they are at Rueil.
I have an idea that I had some part in rescuing you from the Slough of Despond in which myself am hopelessly immersed.
The Pilgrim's Progress' we had in the house (it was as common a possession as a dresser-head), and so enamoured of it was I that I turned our garden into sloughs of Despond, with pea-sticks to represent Christian on his travels and a buffet-stool for his burden, but when I dragged my mother out to see my handiwork she was scared, and I felt for days, with a certain elation, that I had been a dark character.
Men and women danced in moccasins, and the place was soon a-roar, Burning Daylight the centre of it and the animating spark, with quip and jest and rough merriment rousing them out of the slough of despond in which he had found them.
To show how unripe I was for John Barleycorn, when, at this time, I descended into my slough of despond, I never dreamed of turning to John Barleycorn for a helping hand.
For all men life is indeed a journey, and the Slough of Despond, Doubting Castle, Vanity Fair, and the Valley of Humiliation are places where in one sense or another every human soul has often struggled and suffered; so that every reader goes hand in hand with Christian and his friends, fears for them in their dangers and rejoices in their escapes.
Did perhaps their hearts despond, because lonesomeness had swallowed me like a whale?