Despair meaning

dĭ-spâr
To lose hope; be without hope.
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One despaired of or causing despair.

Unmotivated students that are the despair of their teachers.

noun
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Despair is defined as a deep sadness, or loss of hope.

Depression over a lost job is an example of despair.

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The definition of despair is to give up hope.

A husband mourning the loss of his wife is an example of despair.

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A person or thing causing despair.
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Loss of hope.
noun
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Loss of hope; utter hopelessness; complete despondency.

He turned around in despair, aware that he was not going to survive.

noun
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To lose all hope.

Despaired of reaching shore safely.

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Complete loss of hope.
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That which is despaired of.
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To be overcome by a sense of futility or defeat.
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(intransitive, often with “of”) To be hopeless; to have no hope; to give up all hope or expectation.
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To give up hope of.
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Origin of despair

  • Middle English despeiren from Old French desperer from Latin dēspērāre dē- de- spērāre to hope spē- in Indo-European roots N., from Middle English despeir from Anglo-Norman from Old French desperer to despair

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman despeir, from Old French desperer.

    From Wiktionary