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Meaning of DESPOND

Pronunciation:  di'spând

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  lose confidence or hope; become dejected; "The supporters of the Presidential candidate desponded when they learned the early results of the election"

DESPOND is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 See Also: despair



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*spond"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Desponded}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Desponding}.] [L. despond[=e]re, desponsum, to
    promise away, promise in marriage, give up, to lose
    (courage); de- + spond[=e]re to promise solemnly. See
    To give up, the will, courage, or spirit; to be thoroughly
    disheartened; to lose all courage; to become dispirited or
    depressed; to take an unhopeful view.
          I should despair, or at least despond.   --Scott's
          Others depress their own minds, [and] despond at the
          first difficulty.                        --Locke.
          We wish that . . . desponding patriotism may turn its
          eyes hitherward, and be assured that the foundations of
          our national power still stand strong.   --D. Webster.
    Syn: {Despond}, {Dispair}.
    Usage: Despair implies a total loss of hope, which despond
           does not, at least in every case; yet despondency is
           often more lasting than despair, or than desperation,
           which impels to violent action.
  2. \De*spond"\ n.
    Despondency. [Obs.]
          The slough of despond.                   --Bunyan.
Thesaurus Terms
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