Translation of despair in Spanish:

despair

Pronunciation: /dɪˈsper; dɪˈspeə(r)/

noun/nombre

uncountable/no numerable
  • desesperación (feminine) she was in despair estaba desesperada the children drive me to despair los niños me vuelven loca or me sacan de quicio to be the despair of sb he was the despair of his teachers volvía locos or sacaba de quicio a los maestros
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    • 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.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • perder* las esperanzas, desesperar don't despair no (te) desesperes, ¡ánimo!to despair of sth/-ing she despaired of ever seeing her family again perdió las esperanzas de volver a ver a su familiato despair of sb the doctors had despaired of her los médicos habían perdido las esperanzas de salvarla honestly, I despair of you! ¡francamente, eres un caso perdido!

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.