despond

verb
de·​spond | \di-ˈspänd \

Definition of despond 

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despond

noun

Definition of despond (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of despond in a Sentence

Verb

we must not despond even though we live in trying times

Noun

he sank into a crushing despond after his wife left him loss of his job threw him into a deep despond
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On its best nights, the N.B.A. offers a free-jazz apex, as good teams (none of which are found within hundreds of miles of that basketball despond in New York City) offer jukes and passes and shooting. Michael Powell, New York Times, "N.B.A. Should Cut to the Chase With a Best-of-3 First Round," 25 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of despond

Verb

1655, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1678, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for despond

Verb

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

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