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Meaning of DESPAIR

Pronunciation:  di'spehr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will turn out well
  2. [n]  a state in which everything seems wrong and will turn out badly; "they were rescued from despair at the last minute"
  3. [v]  abandon hope; give up hope; lose heart; "Don't despair--help is on the way!"

DESPAIR is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: desperation
 Antonyms: hope, hope
 See Also: condition, despond, discouragement, disheartenment, dismay, feeling, hopelessness, pessimism, resignation, status, surrender



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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. espoir. Cf. {Prosper}, {Desperate}.]
    To be hopeless; to have no hope; to give up all hope or
    expectation; -- often with of.
          We despaired even of life.               --2 Cor. i. 8.
          Never despair of God's blessings here.   --Wake.
    Syn: See {Despond}.
  2. \De*spair"\, v. t.
    1. To give up as beyond hope or expectation; to despair of.
             I would not despair the greatest design that could
             be attempted.                         --Milton.
    2. To cause to despair. [Obs.] --Sir W. Williams.
  3. \De*spair"\, n. [Cf. OF. despoir, fr. desperer.]
    1. Loss of hope; utter hopelessness; complete despondency.
             We in dark dreams are tossing to and fro, Pine with
             regret, or sicken with despair.       --Keble.
             Before he [Bunyan] was ten, his sports were
             interrupted by fits of remorse and despair.
    2. That which is despaired of. ``The mere despair of surgery
       he cures.'' --Shak.
    Syn: Desperation; despondency; hopelessness.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are in despair means that you will have many hardships and experience much cruelties in the working world. Dreaming that others are in despair indicates that some friend or relative will be in great distress and find themselves in a unhappy situation.
Thesaurus Terms
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