Definition of despairing in English:


Line breaks: des¦pair|ing
Pronunciation: /dɪˈspɛːrɪŋ


Showing the loss of all hope: he gave a despairing little shrug
More example sentences
  • Charlie collapsed in a chair, giving a despairing little sigh.
  • She gave no answer to my reproaches, save to gaze at me with a sort of wild, despairing look in her eyes.
  • About three of their forwards scrambled the ball past our despairing goalie.



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  • But this socializing is a heavy task,’ he says, a little despairingly.
  • The incomprehensible fact that not everybody's vehicle on planet Earth is powered by this super-efficient waste product of the oil-refining process would doubtless prompt him to shake his head despairingly again.
  • His wife despairingly asks, ‘What is it that you want?’

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