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despairing

adjective de·spair·ing

Simple Definition of despairing

  • : feeling very sad and without hope : showing or feeling despair

Full Definition of despairing

  1. :  given to, arising from, or marked by despair :  devoid of hope

de·spair·ing·ly play \-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of despairing

  1. <despairing predictions regarding the effects of global overpopulation>

  2. <despairing applicants need to be reminded that most students are eventually accepted somewhere>



1589

First Known Use of despairing

1589

Synonym Discussion of despairing

despondent, despairing, desperate, hopeless mean having lost all or nearly all hope. despondent implies a deep dejection arising from a conviction of the uselessness of further effort <despondent about yet another rejection>. despairing suggests the slipping away of all hope and often despondency <despairing appeals for the return of the kidnapped child>. desperate implies despair that prompts reckless action or violence in the face of defeat or frustration <one last desperate attempt to turn the tide of battle>. hopeless suggests despair and the cessation of effort or resistance and often implies acceptance or resignation <the situation of the trapped miners is hopeless>.

DESPAIRING Defined for Kids

despairing

adjective de·spair·ing \di-ˈsper-iŋ\

Definition of despairing

  1. :  having or showing no hope <a despairing voice>

de·spair·ing·ly adverb




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