- To give up the will, courage, or spirit; to become dejected, lose heart.
- Scott's Letters
- I should despair, or at least despond.
- John Locke
- Others depress their own minds, [and] despond at the first difficulty.
- D. Webster
- We wish that […] desponding patriotism may turn its eyes hitherward, and be assured that foundations of our national power still stand strong.
To give up the will, courage, or spirit