Definition of despond in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈspänd/


[no object] archaic
Become dejected and lose confidence.
Example sentences
  • The morning of June 8th, he rose late because ‘I was desponding, owing to a little difference between my wife and me.’
  • Did perhaps their hearts despond, because lonesomeness had swallowed me like a whale?
  • These… these are things that you needn't despond over at your age.


A state of unhappiness and low spirits.
Example sentences
  • And she had affected so many people so deeply, that her loss on the negative side took them much deeper into grief and despond, I think, than anybody had ever experienced.
  • That is making it nearly impossible to craft monetary policy that is both hawkish on inflation, and doesn't throw huge economies deeper into the slough of economic despond.
  • Against that has to be weighed the tired limbs of an unusually arduous season and the traditional role of the eternal unfulfilled that may once again drag them down into a familiar despond.


Mid 17th century: from Latin despondere 'give up, abandon', from de- 'away' + spondere 'to promise'. The word was originally used as a noun in Slough of Despond.

Words that rhyme with despond

abscond, beau monde, beyond, blonde, bond, correspond, demi-monde, fond, frond, Gironde, haut monde, pond, respond, ronde, second, wand

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Syllabification: de·spond

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