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
Shot on location at a community retreat (and, briefly, at a hotel that was featured in Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo), this unique effort is an equally optimistic and despairing look at the ongoing clash of global cultures.
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.
Suddenly, friends and family began seeing a despairing side to her.
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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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