Despair

Definition of Despair

De`spair´
v. i.1.To be hopeless; to have no hope; to give up all hope or expectation; - often with of.
[imp. & p. p. Despaired ; p. pr. & vb. n. Despairing.]
We despaired even of life.
- 2 Cor. i. 8.
Never despair of God's blessings here.
- Wake.
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.
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.

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