despair definition

  • verb-intransitive:
    • To lose all hope: despaired of reaching coast properly.
    • to-be overcome by a feeling of futility or defeat.
    • is hopeless; having no hope; to stop all hope or hope; -- usually with of.
  • noun:
    • Complete loss of hope.
    • One despaired of or causing despair: unmotivated students being the despair of the teachers.
    • lack of hope; total hopelessness; total despondency.
    • That which is despaired of.
    • lack of hope; utter hopelessness; total despondency.
    • whatever is despaired of.
    • Hopelessness; a hopeless state; total lack of hope or expectation.
    • what causes hopelessness; that of which there's no hope.
    • Synonyms Despondency, Despair, Frustration. Despondency is a loss in hope adequate to create a loss in courage and a disposition to unwind or relinquish work, the despondent person tending to sink into spiritless inaction. Despair means a complete losing hope; despondency will not. Despair naturally destroys courage and stops all energy, but may produce a variety of nerve and intense activity founded upon the good sense that there is absolutely nothing worse to-be feared. In this despair is akin to frustration, which will be an energetic condition and always tends to create a furious challenge against negative circumstances, even though the problem is utterly hopeless.
    • a situation for which all hope is lost or missing
    • the feeling that all things are wrong and absolutely nothing will turn out well
  • verb:
    • To give up as beyond hope or hope; to despair of.
    • resulting in to despair.
    • is hopeless; to have no hope; to give up all hope or hope.
    • abandon hope; quit hope; lose heart
  • verb-transitive:
    • to stop as beyond hope or expectation; to despair of.
    • To cause to despair.
  • others:
    • to reduce hope; be without hope; call it quits all hope or expectation: accompanied by of before an object.
    • Synonyms Despair, Despond. See despond.
    • to quit hope of; lose confidence in.
    • To cause to despair; deprive of hope.

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