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despond

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verb de·spond \di-ˈspänd\

Definition of despond

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to become despondent

Examples of despond in a Sentence

  1. we must not despond even though we live in trying times

Origin and Etymology of despond

Latin despondēre, from de- + spondēre to promise solemnly — more at spouse


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despond

noun de·spond

Definition of despond

Examples of despond in a Sentence

  1. he sank into a crushing despond after his wife left him

  2. loss of his job threw him into a deep despond

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First Known Use of despond

1678



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