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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.]

de·spond′ing·ly adv.
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He made several efforts to coax himself into a belief that he might still continue forward; but at length, shook his head despondingly, and said, that "as he had but one leg," it was all in vain to attempt a passage of the mountain.
As if defeated in this childish attempt, he now sinks to the earth despondingly, beating his breast in well-acted despair; and then, starting to his feet all at once, and throwing back his head, raises both hands, like a school-boy about to catch a falling ball.
'But, Dora, my love, if you will sometimes think, - not despondingly, you know; far from that!
Mercy's eyes, resting eagerly on him while he was speaking, dropped again despondingly when he had done.
She shook her head despondingly. 'If you knew all, you, too, would blame me - perhaps even more than I deserve - though I have cruelly wronged you,' she added in a low murmur, as if she mused aloud.
"We shall never get through it," she said, despondingly.