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.]
Despair is the feeling of not having any hope left.
I Despair him.
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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
Examples of Despair in a Sentence
What we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
I came to you during the most difficult time in my life. I was terrified, anxious and in complete despair. I didn’t know the truth yet about my baby, and that’s what I desperately needed from you, but instead of support and encouragement, you suggested we terminate our child. I told you her name, and you asked us again if we understood how low our quality of life would be with a child with Down syndrome. You suggested we reconsider our decision to continue the pregnancy.
I despair of the Republic! Such dreariness, such whining sallow women, such utter absence of the amenities, such crass food, crass manners, crass landscape!! What a horror it is for a whole nation to be developing without the sense of beauty, and eating bananas for breakfast.
We often marry in despair, so that we repent of it all our life after.
With close-lipped Patience for our only friend, Sad Patience, too near neighbor to Despair.
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- 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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