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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 de·spond v. i. [imp. & p. p. Desponded; p. pr. & vb. n. Desponding.]  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.