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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 de·spair /dɪˈspær, ˈspɛr/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·spair, n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]