• Despair


    • UK IPA: /dɪˈspeə(ɹ)/
    • US IPA: /dɪˈspɛər/


    From Anglo-Norman despeir, from Old French desperer.

    Full definition of despair


    1. (transitive, obsolete) To give up as beyond hope or expectation; to despair of.
      • MiltonI would not despair the greatest design that could be attempted.
    2. (transitive, obsolete) To cause to despair.
    3. (intransitive, often with “of”) To be hopeless; to have no hope; to give up all hope or expectation.
      • Bible, 2 Corinthians i. 8We despaired even of life.



    (countable and uncountable; plural despairs)
    1. Loss of hope; utter hopelessness; complete despondency.He turned around in despair, aware that he was not going to survive
    2. That which is despaired of.
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