Origin of despondClassical Latin despondere, to lose courage, yield from de-, from + spondere, to promise: see sponsor
intransitive verbde·spond·ed, de·spond·ing, de·sponds
Origin of despondLatin dēspondēre to give up dē- de- spondēre to promise ; see spend- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present desponds, present participle desponding, simple past and past participle desponded)
- To give up the will, courage, or spirit; to become dejected, lose heart.
- (archaic) Despondency.
From Latin despondere ‘give up, abandon’, from de- + spondere ‘promise’.