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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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