Definition of despair in English:

despair

Line breaks: des|pair
Pronunciation: /dɪˈspɛː
 
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noun

[mass noun]
The complete loss or absence of hope: a voice full of self-hatred and despair in despair, I hit the bottle
More example sentences
  • Finally, never leave the examination hall in despair, however hopeless things may seem.
  • As if in pain, as if in despair, everyone felt the sadness and everyone felt fear as well.
  • He says every morning he begins his work with hope, and every evening he ends in despair.
Synonyms

verb

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Lose or be without hope: we should not despair she despaired of finding a good restaurant nearby
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  • Others were simply despairing, sighing that it had lost its magic, that it had sold its soul to charter flights and overdevelopment.
  • He was far too young to die and I despaired that I was his only hope.
  • Some are hopeful, some are despairing and some are poignant.
Synonyms
lose hope, give up hope, abandon hope, give up, lose heart, be discouraged, be despondent, be demoralized, resign oneself, throw in the towel/sponge, quit, surrender; be pessimistic, look on the black side
archaic despond
hopeless, desperate, anguished, distressed, broken-hearted, heartbroken, grief-stricken, inconsolable, sorrowing, suicidal, in despair; dejected, depressed, despondent, disconsolate, gloomy, melancholy, miserable, wretched, desolate, forlorn; disheartened, discouraged, demoralized, devastated, downcast, resigned, defeatist, pessimistic
literary dolorous

Origin

Middle English: the noun via Anglo-Norman French from Old French desespeir; the verb from Old French desperer, from Latin desperare, from de- 'down from' + sperare 'to hope'.

Phrases

be the despair of

Cause to lose hope: such students can be the despair of conscientious teachers
More example sentences
  • It becomes in a way the despair of philosophers, just like it was the despair of Proust's publishers.
  • After a few games he was the despair of every British dad on the touchline.
  • The voice is the despair of typists and stenographers: there seems nothing to cling to, no pauses, no paragraphing, no full stops.
Synonyms
be the bane of, be the scourge of, be a burden on, be a trial to, be a thorn in the flesh/side of, be a bother to, be the ruin of, be the death of

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