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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.
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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
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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]
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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
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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!"
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despond

verb
To lose all hope:
noun
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They began to listen to the desponding representations of M'Dougal, seconded by M'Kenzie, who inveighed against their situation as desperate and forlorn; left to shift for themselves, or perish upon a barbarous coast; neglected by those who sent them there; and threatened with dangers of every kind.
When brought to receive sentence, she behaved in such a frantic manner, as proved her mind to he in a distracted and desponding state; and the child was sucking at her breast when she set out for Tyburn.'
D'Artagnan then thought of the wishes of poor Raoul, of that desponding letter destined for a woman who passed her life in hoping, and as D'Artagnan loved to philosophize a little occasionally, he resolved to profit by the absence of the king to have a minute's talk with Mademoiselle de la Valliere.
I considered how impossible it was to preserve my life in so desolate a place, and how miserable my end must be: yet found myself so listless and desponding, that I had not the heart to rise; and before I could get spirits enough to creep out of my cave, the day was far advanced.
Miss Nickleby's reflections, as she wended her way homewards, were of that desponding nature which the occurrences of the morning had been sufficiently calculated to awaken.
All my troubles come from my short legs," said Peggy, in a desponding tone.
When we gradually fell into keeping late hours and late company, I noticed that he looked about him with a desponding eye at breakfast-time; that he began to look about him more hopefully about mid-day; that he drooped when he came into dinner; that he seemed to descry Capital in the distance rather clearly, after dinner; that he all but realized Capital towards midnight; and that at about two o'clock in the morning, he became so deeply despondent again as to talk of buying a rifle and going to America, with a general purpose of compelling buffaloes to make his fortune.
Jane's temper was not desponding, and she was gradually led to hope, though the diffidence of affection sometimes overcame the hope, that Bingley would return to Netherfield and answer every wish of her heart.
Yet they had not, up to this moment, endured the real agonies of thirst, and were in no desponding mood, excepting for the future.
I knew my strength was declining, my appetite had failed, and I was grown listless and desponding;--and if, indeed, he could never care for me, and I could never see him more--if I was forbidden to minister to his happiness--forbidden, for ever, to taste the joys of love, to bless, and to be blessed--then, life must be a burden, and if my heavenly Father would call me away, I should be glad to rest.
He understood this; but he remained desponding and irresolute, even with the money in his hands.
Elizabeth was sad and desponding; she no longer took delight in her ordinary occupations; all pleasure seemed to her sacrilege toward the dead; eternal woe and tears she then thought was the just tribute she should pay to innocence so blasted and destroyed.