despondence 1670s, from L. despondere "to give up, lose, lose heart, resign, to promise in marriage" (especially in phrase animam despondere, lit. "give up one's soul"), from the sense of a promise to give something away, from de- "away" (see DE- (Cf. de-)) + spondere "to promise" (see SPONDEE (Cf. spondee)). A condition more severe than DESPAIR (Cf. despair).

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