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desponded


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Despond  \De*spond"\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Desponded};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Desponding}.]  [L.  despond[=e]re,  desponsum  to 
  promise  away  promise  in  marriage,  give  up  to  lose 
  (courage);  de-  +  spond[=e]re  to  promise  solemnly.  See 
  {Sponsor}.] 
  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. 
 
  I  should  despair,  or  at  least  despond.  --Scott's 
  Letters. 
 
  Others  depress  their  own  minds,  [and]  despond  at  the 
  first  difficulty.  --Locke. 
 
  We  wish  that  .  .  .  desponding  patriotism  may  turn  its 
  eyes  hitherward,  and  be  assured  that  the  foundations  of 
  our  national  power  still  stand  strong.  --D.  Webster. 
 
  Syn:  {Despond},  {Dispair}. 
 
  Usage:  Despair  implies  a  total  loss  of  hope,  which  despond 
  does  not  at  least  in  every  case;  yet  despondency  is 
  often  more  lasting  than  despair,  or  than  desperation, 
  which  impels  to  violent  action 




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