adjective de·spair·ing

: 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


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>.
DESPAIRINGLY Defined for Kids


adjective de·spair·ing \di-ˈsper-iŋ\

Definition of DESPAIRING for Kids

:  having or showing no hope <a despairing voice>
de·spair·ing·ly adverb


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