AskDefine | Define despond

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despond v : lose confidence or hope; become dejected; "The supporters of the Presidential candidate desponded when they learned the early results of the election"

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




  1. To give up the will, courage, or spirit; to become dejected, lose heart.


To give up the willl, courage, or spirit

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abandon hope, become suicidal, brood, despair, despair of, droop, falter, give up, give up hope, give way, hit rock bottom, languish, lose heart, lose hope, plumb the depths, reach the depths, sag, sink, sink into despair, touch bottom, yield to despair
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