[ UK /dɪspˈe‍əɹɪŋ/ ]
[ US /dɪˈspɛɹɪŋ/ ]
  1. arising from or marked by despair or loss of hope
    the last despairing plea of the condemned criminal
    a desperate cry for help
    helpless and desperate--as if at the end of his tether
    a despairing view of the world situation
    her desperate screams
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How To Use despairing In A Sentence

  • The adventure had a final despairing twist.
  • He sank down into a chair in front of the uneaten breakfast I had made for Nicola and suddenly his eyes were wild and despairing. A DEATH IN THE FAMILY
  • I have thought it, for example, not humane to variegate the text of an Anthology with despairing obeli: and occasionally I have covered up an indubitable lacuna by artifices which I trust may pass undetected by the general reader and unreproved by the charitable critic. Preface
  • The last despairing effort had seen the Nationalists gain a decisive victory. The Spanish Civil War: Reaction, Revolution and Revenge
  • From the distracted and despairing man whom love and longing trepan from the lover under passion’s ban the prisoner of transport and distraction from this Kamar al-Zaman son of Shahriman to the peerless one of the fair Houris the pearl-union to the Lady Budur daughter of King Al Ghayur The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night
  • Anne is miserable, alternating between laughing and despairing.
  • It recalled the despairing Congregation to a mood of resolute trust and hope. John Knox
  • It is said that imitation is the sincerest flattery; and if Isabel was sometimes moved to gape at her friend aspiringly and despairingly it was not so much because she desired herself to shine as because she wished to hold up the lamp for Madame Merle. The Portrait of a Lady
  • He skipped past the defender's despairing lunge.
  • I was also despairing as a teen because of my weight.
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