Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To become disheartened or discouraged.
  • noun Despondency.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Despondency.
  • To lose heart, resolution, or hope; be cast down; be depressed or dejected in mind.
  • Synonyms Despair, Despond. Despair implies a total loss of hope; despond does not. Despondency produces a disposition to relax or relinquish effort; despair generally stops all effort. See despair, n.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Despondency.
  • intransitive verb 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To give up the will, courage, or spirit; to become dejected, lose heart.
  • noun archaic Despondency.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb lose confidence or hope; become dejected

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin dēspondēre, to give up : dē-, de- + spondēre, to promise; see spend- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin despondere ‘give up, abandon’, from de- + spondere ‘promise’.

Examples

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  • best used in the phrase "slough of despond."

    April 13, 2007

  • The welcome news of the death of Julian, which a deserter revealed to the camp of Sapor, inspired the desponding monarch with a sudden confidence of victory.

    - Gibbon, Decline and Fall, XXIV. v.

    June 19, 2009

  • The name of the slough was Despond.

    John Bunyan (1628-1688), Pilgrim's Progress

    September 19, 2009