- The complete loss or absence of hope: a voice full of self-hatred and despair in despair, I hit the bottleMore 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.
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- Lose or be without hope: we should not despair she despaired of finding a good restaurant nearbyMore example sentences
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 despondhopeless, 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
- 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.
be the despair of
- Cause to lose hope: such students can be the despair of conscientious teachersMore 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.
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'.