de·spair /dɪˈspær, ˈspɛr/
De·spair v. i. [imp. & p. p. Despaired p. pr. & vb. n. Despairing.] 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.
De·spair, v. t.
1. To give up as beyond hope or expectation; to despair of. [Obs.]
I would not despair the greatest design that could be attempted. --Milton.
2. To cause to despair. [Obs.]
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. --Macaulay.
2. That which is despaired of. “The mere despair of surgery he cures.”
Syn: -- Desperation; despondency; hopelessness.
n 1: a state in which everything seems wrong and will turn out
badly; "they were rescued from despair at the last
minute" [syn: desperation]
2: the feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will turn
out well [ant: hope]
v : abandon hope; give up hope; lose heart; "Don't despair--help
is on the way!" [ant: hope]