despairing

adjective
de·​spair·​ing | \ di-ˈsper-iŋ How to pronounce despairing (audio) \

Definition of despairing

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

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Other Words from despairing

despairingly \ di-​ˈsper-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce despairingly (audio) \ adverb

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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

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 on the Web The diminutive forward also sent Twitter into meltdown with an unbelievable nutmeg on a despairing opponent, and wreaked havoc for the entire 90 minutes. SI.com, "Incredible Lionel Messi Display Against Valladolid Leaves Ernesto Valverde 'Out of Words'," 30 Oct. 2019 Elsewhere in contemporary psychedelia, however, things aren’t quite as despairing. John Semley, The New Republic, "Have a Good Trip Demystifies Psychedelics," 13 May 2020 Despite the plot’s violence and death, this is not a despairing book, but a hopeful one, of Appalachian women taking back their life stories from hoggish men whose power, both in the home and outside of it, is largely an illusion. Amy Rowland, New York Times, "Would You Trust a Snake-Wielding Preacher, if He Were Your Dad?," 12 May 2020 With Danny's life hanging in the balance, a despairing McGarrett, who's been dealing with parental ghosts and an existential crisis all season, goes to the chapel but can't find solace there. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'Hawaii Five-0' finale recap: 'Aloha' to McGarrett and Danno, with nods to the past," 4 Apr. 2020 The despairing cries of those who lost their beloved ones brought me to tears. Jiwei Xiao, The New York Review of Books, "Fearing For My Mother in Wuhan, Facing a New Sinophobia in the US," 6 Apr. 2020 The pattern of fearful and despairing thoughts can be stopped by bringing oneself back to the feeling of caring for others. Brooke Schedneck, The Conversation, "5 Buddhist teachings that can help you deal with coronavirus anxiety," 1 Apr. 2020 Physically closed in and unsmiling, outwardly surly and inwardly despairing, Autumn doesn’t quip her way out of trouble or even talk that much. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ Review: A Woman’s Heroic Journey," 12 Mar. 2020 Arguably, Beckett’s point was a bit more fatalistic and despairing than anything the chipper Mr. Ferriss could ever conjure. Joanne Kaufman, WSJ, "‘The Self-Help Compulsion’ Review: Better Living With Beckett," 24 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of despairing

1589, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of despairing was in 1589

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13 Jun 2020

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“Despairing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/despairing. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for despairing

despairing

adjective
How to pronounce despairing (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of despairing

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

despairing

adjective
de·​spair·​ing | \ di-ˈsper-iŋ \

Kids Definition of despairing

: having or showing no hope a despairing voice

Other Words from despairing

despairingly adverb

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