To become disheartened or discouraged.
To lose courage or hope; become disheartened; be depressed.
To give up the will, courage, or spirit; to become dejected, lose heart.
Origin of despond
- Latin dēspondēre to give up dē- de- spondēre to promise spend- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin despondere ‘give up, abandon’, from de- + spondere ‘promise’.