What does the word despond mean?

Usage examples for despond

  1. Pris heard the lamentations, and giving up fresh ribbons for herself, pulled her sister out of a slough of despond with two yards of " heavenly tulle." – Kitty's Class Day And Other Stories by Louisa M. Alcott
  2. Her own feelings were inclined to droop and despond, but she did not wish to have her sister's droop and despond likewise. – The Lights and Shadows of Real Life by T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English
  3. An eager soul that looks beyond And shivers in the midst of bliss, That cries, " I should not need despond, If this were otherwise, and this!" – Joyous Gard by Arthur Christopher Benson