A man in despair.
- Despair is defined as a deep sadness, or loss of hope.
Depression over a lost job is an example of despair.
- The definition of despair is to give up hope.
A husband mourning the loss of his wife is an example of despair.
Origin of despairMiddle English despeiren from Old French desperer from Classical Latin desperare, to be without hope from de-, without + sperare, to hope from spes, hope from Indo-European base an unverified form sp?i, to prosper, expand: see speed
- loss of hope
- a person or thing causing despair
intransitive verbde·spaired, de·spair·ing, de·spairs
- To lose all hope: despaired of reaching shore safely.
- To be overcome by a sense of futility or defeat.
- Complete loss of hope.
- One despaired of or causing despair: unmotivated students that are the despair of their teachers.
Origin of despairMiddle English despeiren from Old French desperer from Latin dēspērāre dē- de- spērāre to hope ; see spē- in Indo-European roots. N., from Middle English despeir from Anglo-Norman from Old French desperer to despair
(third-person singular simple present despairs, present participle despairing, simple past and past participle despaired)
- (intransitive, often with “of”) To be hopeless; to have no hope; to give up all hope or expectation.
(countable and uncountable, plural despairs)
- Loss of hope; utter hopelessness; complete despondency.
- He turned around in despair, aware that he was not going to survive
- That which is despaired of.
From Anglo-Norman despeir, from Old French desperer.