Examples of despairing in a Sentence
despairing predictions regarding the effects of global overpopulation
despairing applicants need to be reminded that most students are eventually accepted somewhere
Recent Examples of despairing from the Web
Trump has painted African-American life with a broad and despairing brush: African-American communities, to Trump’s mind, have universally been ravaged by drug abuse, crime, and violence.
Robbie Kruse chipped the ball back into the box after being found by substitute Aaron Mooy and Cahill leapt high above his marker to nod the ball past Alma's despairing dive.
Is the guy who creeps back in her memory in the second verse and ruins the moment a lost love, or something far more despairing or sinister?
Late-night hosts struggled to make sense of the tragedy with despairing monologues, while Las Vegas schools sought to comfort kids by bringing them back to the stable classroom environment.
On the other hand, Fox also can't be heard to be despairing or even statistically realistic.
The Devil, Probably (1977), Robert Bresson's portrait of a depressive college dropout and his circle of friends, is perhaps the most despairing French film of the 1970s.
Koestler’s view of confession as a despairing act of loyalty to the Party nonetheless offers imaginative insight into Communist ideology.
But don't overlook a despairing howl into the unfeeling night.
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First Known Use of despairing
Synonymsbearish, defeatist, pessimistic, downbeat, hopeless
Antonymshopeful, optimistic, Panglossian, Pollyanna, Pollyannaish (also Polyannish), rose-colored, rosy, upbeat
Related Wordscynical, fatalistic, nihilist, nihilistic; desperate, discouraging, disheartening, inauspicious, unlikely, unpromising; bleak, cheerless, comfortless, depressing, desolate, dismal, dreary, funereal, gloomy, morose, saturnine, sepulchral, somber (or sombre), sullen; grim; contrary, hostile, negative
Near Antonymsauspicious, bright, encouraging, fair, golden, heartening, likely, promising, propitious; cheering, comforting, reassuring; favorable, good, positive; idealist, romantic, utopian, visionary; cheerful, cheery, chipper, sunny
Synonym Discussion of despairing
- despondent about yet another rejection
- despairing appeals for the return of the kidnapped child
- one last desperate attempt to turn the tide of battle
- the situation of the trapped miners is hopeless
DESPAIRING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of despairing for English Language Learners
: feeling very sad and without hope : showing or feeling despair
DESPAIRING Defined for Kids
Definition of despairing for Students
- a despairing voice
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