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intr.v. de·spond·ed, de·spond·ing, de·sponds
To become disheartened or discouraged.
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.]
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(intr) to lose heart or hope; become disheartened; despair
archaic lack of hope; despondency
[C17: from Latin dēspondēre to promise, make over to, yield, lose heart, from de- + spondēre to promise]
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de•spond(dɪˈspɒnd or, esp. for 2, ˈdɛs pɒnd)
1. to be depressed by loss of hope, confidence, or courage.n.
[1670–80; < Latin dēspondēre to give up, lose heart, promise]
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Past participle: desponded
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|Verb||1.||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!"
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