a state in which all hope is lost or absent
"in the depths of despair"; "they were rescued from despair at the last minute"; "courage born of desperation"
the feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will turn out well
"they moaned in despair and dismay"; "one harsh word would send her into the depths of despair"
abandon hope; give up hope; lose heart
"Don't despair--help is on the way!"
Loss of hope; utter hopelessness; complete despondency.
He turned around in despair, aware that he was not going to survive
That which is despaired of.
To give up as beyond hope or expectation; to despair of.
To cause to despair.
To be hopeless; to have no hope; to give up all hope or expectation.
to be hopeless; to have no hope; to give up all hope or expectation; -- often with of
to give up as beyond hope or expectation; to despair of
to cause to despair
loss of hope; utter hopelessness; complete despondency
that which is despaired of
Despair is one of the Endless, fictional characters from Neil Gaiman's comic book series, The Sandman. Despair is the twin sister of Desire. She is squat, flabby and pale-skinned, with black hair, gray eyes, and pointed teeth. Her voice is little more than a whisper, and she has no odor, but her shadow smells musky and pungent, like the skin of a snake. She does not wear clothes. On a finger of her left hand she wears a ring with a hook attached to it, with which she habitually carves her flesh. The hook is her sigil in the galleries of the other characters. Her realm is a gray space in which floats a white fog and countless mirrors, which are connected to mirrors in the human world, through which she looks on those who are in despair. The only other inhabitants of her realm are her pet rats. Despair sometimes acts together with Desire when she/he is plotting against the elder Endless, most notably when Despair takes on a challenge with Morpheus over the life of Joshua Abraham Norton, seemingly at Desire's bidding. She is less distanced from the family than Desire, though, and seems to have some feeling at least for Delirium, and also seems to miss Destruction so much that she is able to manipulate Dream into feeling guilty over Destruction's abadoning of his duty. She does not say much, and consequently appears brusque, but her speech at Morpheus' wake in The Wake reveals her sympathy and feeling for him.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
de-spār′, v.i. to be without hope: to despond.—n. want of hope: utter hopelessness: that which causes despair.—adj. Despair′ful (Spens.).—p.adj. Despair′ing, apt to despair: full of despair.—adv. Despair′ingly. [O. Fr. desperer—L. desperāre, -ātum—de, neg., and sperāre, to hope.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'despair' in Nouns Frequency: #2519
The numerical value of despair in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of despair in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Never despair but if you do, work on in despair.
Never despair; but if you do, work on in despair.
It just drove me deeper into despair, i never had a chance.
It marriage happens as with cages the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair to getting out.
Despair is certainly one of the key explanations, when you are in despair, when you have no future, you are much easier prey to preachers of hatred.
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Translations for despair
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- отчаяние, губя надежда, отчайвам, отчайвам сеBulgarian
- desesperacióCatalan, Valencian
- zoufat, zoufalstvíCzech
- Verzweiflung, verzweifelnGerman
- malesperi, malesperoEsperanto
- desesperación, desesperarSpanish
- menettää, epätoivo, luopuaFinnish
- désespérer, désespoirFrench
- wanhopeWestern Frisian
- ייאש, ייאוש, התייאשHebrew
- putus asaIndonesian
- 諦める, 絶望, 失望Japanese
- სასოწარკვეთა, სასოწარკვეთილება, უიმედობაGeorgian
- очајува, очајMacedonian
- fortvile, frustrasjon, fortvilelseNorwegian
- rozpacz, rozpaczaćPolish
- desespero, [[desesperar]]-[[se]], desesperarPortuguese
- despera, desperareRomanian
- отча́яться, отчаяние, отча́иватьсяRussian
- förtvivla, misströsta, desperationSwedish
- kukata tamaaSwahili
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