Definitions for despair
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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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: desespoir, French.
You had either never attempted this change, set on with hope, or never discovered it, stopt with despair. Philip Sidney, b. ii.
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair. 2 Cor. iv. 8.
Weary’d, forsaken, and pursu’d at last,
All safety in despair of safety plac’d,
Courage he thence resumes, resolv’d to bear
All their assaults, since ’tis in vain to fear. John Denham.
Equal their flame, unequal was their care;
One lov’d with hope, one languish’d with despair. Dryden.
Despair is the thought of the unattainableness of any good, which works differently in mens minds, sometimes producing uneasiness or pain, sometimes rest and indolency. John Locke.
Strangely visited people,
All swol’n and ulc’rous, pitiful to the eye;
The mere despair of surgery, he cures;
Hanging a golden stamp about their necks,
Put on with holy prayers. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
Are not all or most evangelical virtues and graces in danger of extremes? As there is, God knows, too often a defect on the one side, so there may be an excess on the other: may not hope in God, or godly sorrow, be perverted into presumption or despair? Thomas Sprat, Sermons.
To be without hope; to despond.
Etymology: despero, Latin.
Though thou drewest a sword at thy friend, yet despair not; for there may be a turning. Ecclus. xxii. 21.
We commend the wit of the Chinese, who despair of making of gold, but are mad upon making of silver. Francis Bacon.
Never despair of God’s blessings here, or of his reward hereafter; but go on as you have begun. William Wake, Preparation.
Despair is a deep state of extreme sadness, hopelessness, and a feeling of being without any possibility of improvement or a better outcome. It is characterized by a loss of faith or confidence in oneself, others, or the future, often accompanied by feelings of helplessness, defeat, and a lack of motivation to take action. Despair is typically experienced when one believes that their circumstances or problems are insurmountable or unchangeable.
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.]
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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
I felt like someone stuck a knife in my heart because I am always pushing for equality between Arabs and Jews, there is a bit of a feeling of despair because the prime minister is not the prime minister of all citizens, and the right is trying to push the Arabs aside.
It just drove me deeper into despair, i never had a chance.
Never despair but if you do, work on in despair.
Whoever wants to follow Bibi's path of despair and disappointment will vote for him, but whoever wants change, hope, and really a better future for Israel, will vote the Zionist Camp lead by me.
Let judges secretly despair of justice: their verdicts will be more acute. Let generals secretly despair of triumph; killing will be defamed. Let priests secretly despair of faith: their compassion will be true.
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- отчайвам се, отчайвам, губя надежда, отчаяниеBulgarian
- desesperacióCatalan, Valencian
- zoufalství, zoufatCzech
- verzweifeln, VerzweiflungGerman
- malespero, malesperiEsperanto
- desesperación, desesperarSpanish
- luopua, menettää, epätoivoFinnish
- désespérer, désespoirFrench
- wanhopeWestern Frisian
- ייאש, ייאוש, התייאשHebrew
- putus asaIndonesian
- 諦める, 絶望, 失望Japanese
- უიმედობა, სასოწარკვეთილება, სასოწარკვეთაGeorgian
- очај, очајуваMacedonian
- frustrasjon, fortvilelse, fortvileNorwegian
- rozpaczać, rozpaczPolish
- desesperar, [[desesperar]]-[[se]], desesperoPortuguese
- desperare, desperaRomanian
- отча́иваться, отчаяние, отча́ятьсяRussian
- förtvivla, misströsta, desperationSwedish
- kukata tamaaSwahili
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