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

Full Definition of DESPAIRING

:  given to, arising from, or marked by despair :  devoid of hope
de·spair·ing·ly \-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>

First Known Use of DESPAIRING



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