despair

despair
[[t]dɪspe͟ə(r)[/t]]
despairs, despairing, despaired
1) N-UNCOUNT: also N in pl Despair is the feeling that everything is wrong and that nothing will improve.

I looked at my wife in despair...

There is always someone to whom you can admit feelings of despair or inadequacy.

2) VERB If you despair, you feel that everything is wrong and that nothing will improve.

`Oh, I despair sometimes,' he says in mock sorrow...

[V at n] He does despair at much of the press criticism.

3) VERB If you despair of something, you feel that there is no hope that it will happen or improve. If you despair of someone, you feel that there is no hope that they will improve.

[V of -ing/n] He wished to earn a living through writing but despaired of doing so.

[V of -ing/n] ...efforts to find homes for people despairing of ever having a roof over their heads...

[V of -ing/n] There are signs that many voters have already despaired of politicians.


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  • Despair — De*spair , v. t. 1. To give up as beyond hope or expectation; to despair of. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I would not despair the greatest design that could be attempted. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To cause to despair. [Obs.] Sir W. Williams. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • despair — ► NOUN ▪ the complete loss or absence of hope. ► VERB ▪ lose or be without hope. ● be the despair of Cf. ↑be the despair of ORIGIN from Latin desperare, from sperare to hope …   English terms dictionary

  • Despair — De*spair , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Despaired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Despairing}.] [OE. despeiren, dispeiren, OF. desperer, fr. L. desperare; de + sperare to hope; akin to spes hope, and perh. to spatium space, E. space, speed; cf. OF. espeir hope, F.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • despair — [n] depression, hopelessness anguish, dashed hopes, dejection, desperation, despondency, discouragement, disheartenment, forlornness, gloom, melancholy, misery, ordeal, pain, sorrow, trial, tribulation, wretchedness; concept 410 Ant. cheer,… …   New thesaurus

  • despair — [di sper′] vi. [ME despeiren < OFr desperer < L desperare, to be without hope < de , without + sperare, to hope < spes, hope < IE base * spēi, to prosper, expand: see SPEED] to lose hope; be without hope: usually with of vt.… …   English World dictionary

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  • Despair — est un film germano français de Rainer Werner Fassbinder sorti en 1978. Sommaire 1 Synopsis 2 Distribution 3 Fiche technique 4 Ré …   Wikipédia en Français

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