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

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Japan doubled their lead on 52 minutes when Inui unleashed a thunderbolt shot off his right boot which flew past the despairing Courtois. Ryland James,, "Chadli fires Belgium into World Cup's last eight," 2 July 2018 But Melville finds no role, consoling or otherwise, for religion in his novella, and the despairing futility at its heart was unprecedented in American literature of the time. James Gardner, WSJ, "Debilitated, But Infinitely Human," 31 Aug. 2018 After receiving the ball in the final third from Koke, the winger had the time to turn, compose and shoot a pin-point shot thunderously past a despairing Neto., "Atletico Madrid 1-0 Valencia: Correa Hits Winner in Tense Top of the Table Clash," 4 Feb. 2018 Miguel Trauco burst into the box and squeezed a pass through to Guerrero, whose shot took a deflection off Mark Milligan and past the despairing dive of Matt Ryan., "Australia 0-2 Peru: Socceroos Eliminated as Incas Bid Farewell With First World Cup Win in 40 Years," 26 June 2018 Bale swiveled and, with his back turned to goal, acrobatically leaped into the air before swinging his boot and smashing it over his own head and past Karius’ despairing dive. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Real Madrid scores incredible goals in Champions League Final off goalkeeper blunder, bicycle kick," 26 May 2018 The ball somehow evaded both Wilson and Seeler, but Weber slid in at the right hand post and lifted the ball over the despairing arms of Banks., "World Cup Countdown - 13 Weeks to Go: Football's Coming Home, the Story of the 1966 Final," 21 Mar. 2018 As Nassar continued to treat patients, Ms. Maroney grew even more despairing as each day passed without the doctor’s arrest, her father says. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "McKayla Maroney’s Dark Journey: Olympic Champion, Abused Gymnast," 22 Apr. 2018 However, despite the despairing loss of both the game and their veteran midfield enforcer, the Frenchman admitted the performance of Iborra's replacement, Hamza Choudhury, was a silver lining., "Claude Puel Confirms Leicester Star Is Likely to Be Sidelined for the Rest of the Season," 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of despairing

1589, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of despairing

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


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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