[ US /dɪˈspɛɹ/ ]
[ UK /dɪspˈe‍ə/ ]
  1. abandon hope; give up hope; lose heart
    Don't despair--help is on the way!
  1. a state in which all hope is lost or absent
    they were rescued from despair at the last minute
    courage born of desperation
    in the depths of despair
  2. 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
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How To Use despair In A Sentence

  • they moaned in despair and dismay
  • Alex was almost speechless with rage and despair.
  • And it was Charlie’s indirect responsibility that he committed suicide, thus ending that marriage in acrimony and despair. Patrick McGrath’s ‘Trauma’ « Tales from the Reading Room
  • When we moved from pilot to series, the notion of recasting Mitchell, Annie and Herrick was met with wails of despair. SFX
  • On every side my heart is in despair; nor is there any help for my pain; but it burneth ever thus. The Argonautica
  • A townswoman actually comes to the castle in despair, demanding her child; Dracula sets a pack of wolves on her.
  • But as if divining his thoughts -- just as they passed through the dining-room door, Euphra looked round at him, almost over Funkelstein's shoulder, and, without putting into her face the least expression discernible by either of the others following, contrived to banish for the time all Hugh's despair, and to convince him that he had nothing to fear from Funkelstein. David Elginbrod
  • Then she went to the window and threw it open, looking down with despair at the six-storey drop to the courtyard below. TREASON KEEP
  • But surely, I say, there are some people blessed with sunny dispositions - it doesn't necessarily mean they're valiantly trying to stop themselves from sliding into despair.
  • My mind went blank with grief and despair.
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