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de·spair  (d-spâr)
intr.v. de·spaired, de·spair·ing, de·spairs
1. To lose all hope: despaired of reaching shore safely.
2. To be overcome by a sense of futility or defeat.
n.
1. Complete loss of hope.
2. One despaired of or causing despair: unmotivated students that are the despair of their teachers.

[Middle English despeiren, from Old French desperer, from Latin dsprre : d-, de- + sprre, to hope; see sp- in Indo-European roots. N., from Middle English despeir, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French desperer, to despair.]

despair (dɪˈspɛə)
vb
1. (often foll by: of) to lose or give up hope: I despair of his coming.
2. (tr) to give up hope of; lose hope in
n
3. (Psychology) total loss of hope
4. a person or thing that causes hopelessness or for which there is no hope
[C14: from Old French despoir hopelessness, from desperer to despair, from Latin dēspērāre, from de- + spērāre to hope]

de•spair (dɪˈspɛər)

n.
1. loss of hope; hopelessness.
2. a source of hopelessness: to be the despair of one's teachers.
v.i.
3. to lose, give up, or be without hope: to despair of humanity.
v.t.
4. Obs. to give up hope of.
[1275–1325; < Old French despoir (n.), < Latin dēspērāre to be without hope =dē- de- + spērāre to hope, derivative of spēs hope]
de•spair′er, n.
syn: despair, desperation, despondency refer to a state of mind caused by circumstances that seem too much to cope with. despair suggests total loss of hope, usu. accompanied by apathy and low spirits: He sank into despair after the bankruptcy. desperation is a state in which loss of hope drives a person to struggle against circumstances, with utter disregard of consequences: In desperation, they knocked down the door. despondency is a state of deep gloom due to loss of hope and a sense of futility and resignation: despondency after a serious illness.

despair
Past participle: despaired
Gerund: despairing

Imperative
despair
despair
Present
I despair
you despair
he/she/it despairs
we despair
you despair
they despair
Preterite
I despaired
you despaired
he/she/it despaired
we despaired
you despaired
they despaired
Present Continuous
I am despairing
you are despairing
he/she/it is despairing
we are despairing
you are despairing
they are despairing
Present Perfect
I have despaired
you have despaired
he/she/it has despaired
we have despaired
you have despaired
they have despaired
Past Continuous
I was despairing
you were despairing
he/she/it was despairing
we were despairing
you were despairing
they were despairing
Past Perfect
I had despaired
you had despaired
he/she/it had despaired
we had despaired
you had despaired
they had despaired
Future
I will despair
you will despair
he/she/it will despair
we will despair
you will despair
they will despair
Future Perfect
I will have despaired
you will have despaired
he/she/it will have despaired
we will have despaired
you will have despaired
they will have despaired
Future Continuous
I will be despairing
you will be despairing
he/she/it will be despairing
we will be despairing
you will be despairing
they will be despairing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been despairing
you have been despairing
he/she/it has been despairing
we have been despairing
you have been despairing
they have been despairing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been despairing
you will have been despairing
he/she/it will have been despairing
we will have been despairing
you will have been despairing
they will have been despairing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been despairing
you had been despairing
he/she/it had been despairing
we had been despairing
you had been despairing
they had been despairing
Conditional
I would despair
you would despair
he/she/it would despair
we would despair
you would despair
they would despair
Past Conditional
I would have despaired
you would have despaired
he/she/it would have despaired
we would have despaired
you would have despaired
they would have despaired
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Noun1.despair - a state in which all hope is lost or absentdespair - 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"
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
2.despair - 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"
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
hopelessness - the despair you feel when you have abandoned hope of comfort or success
resignation, surrender - acceptance of despair
discouragement, disheartenment, dismay - the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles
pessimism - the feeling that things will turn out badly
hope - the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled; "in spite of his troubles he never gave up hope"
Verb1.despair - abandon hope; give up hope; lose heart; "Don't despair--help is on the way!"
despond - lose confidence or hope; become dejected; "The supporters of the Presidential candidate desponded when they learned the early results of the election"
hope - be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes; "I am still hoping that all will turn out well"

despair
noun
despondency, depression, misery, gloom, desperation, anguish, melancholy, hopelessness, dejection, wretchedness, disheartenment She shook her head in despair at the futility of it all.
verb
lose hope, give up, be discouraged, be pessimistic, lose heart, be despondent, be dejected, be demoralized, resign yourself, look on the black side He despairs at much of the press criticism.
Translations
despair [dɪsˈpɛəʳ]
A. N
1. (= emotion) → desesperación f
to be in despairestar desesperado
2. (= person) he is the despair of his parentstrae locos a sus padres
B. VIperder la esperanza, desesperarse
to despair of sthperder la esperanza de algo
we despaired of ever seeing her againperdimos la esperanza de volver a verla
don't despair!¡ánimo!, ¡anímate!

despair [dɪˈspɛər]
ndésespoir m
to be driven to despair → être réduit(e) au désespoir
to be in despair → être désespéré(e)
I was in despair → J'étais désespéré.
vi(se) désespérer
to despair of sth → désespérer de qch
to despair of doing sth → désespérer de faire qch
to despair at sth → être désespéré(e) à cause de qch

despair
nVerzweiflung f (→ about, at über +acc); he was filled with despairVerzweiflung überkam or ergriff ihn; to be in despairverzweifelt sein; she looked at him in despairsie sah ihn verzweifelt or voller Verzweiflung an; in despair, she gave upin ihrer Verzweiflung gab sie auf; his despair of ever being able to return homeseine Verzweiflung darüber, vielleicht nie mehr nach Hause zurückkehren zu können; to be the despair of somebodyjdn zur Verzweiflung bringen
viverzweifeln, alle Hoffnung aufgeben; to despair of doing somethingalle Hoffnung aufgeben, etw zu tun; to despair of somethingalle Hoffnung auf etw (acc)aufgeben; I despair of youdu bringst or treibst mich zur Verzweiflung; I despair at their incompetencemit ihrer Unfähigkeit bringen or treiben sie mich (noch) zur Verzweiflung; to make somebody despairjdn zur Verzweiflung bringen or treiben

despair [dɪsˈpɛəʳ]
1. ndisperazione f
in despair → disperato/a
to drive sb to despair → far disperare qn
2. vi to despair (of)disperare (di)
don't despair! → non disperare!

despair (diˈspeə) verb
to lose hope (of). I despair of ever teaching my son anything.
noun
1. the state of having given up hope. He was filled with despair at the news.
2. (with the) something which causes someone to despair. He is the despair of his mother.

despair يَأْس beznaděj fortvivlelse Verzweiflung απελπισία desesperación epätoivo désespoir očaj disperazione 絶望 절망 wanhoop fortvilelse rozpacz desespero отчаяние förtvivlan ความสิ้นหวัง umutsuzluk sự tuyệt vọng 绝望

despair
n.  desesperación;
vt.  [to lose hope] perder la esperanza; desesperarse.


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