despairing

adjective de·spair·ing
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of despairing

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

despairingly

play \-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of despairing in a Sentence

  1. despairing predictions regarding the effects of global overpopulation

  2. despairing applicants need to be reminded that most students are eventually accepted somewhere

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First Known Use of despairing

1589

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

DESPAIRING Defined for English Language Learners

despairing

adjective

Definition of despairing for English Language Learners

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


DESPAIRING Defined for Kids

despairing

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

Definition of despairing for Students

: having or showing no hope
  • a despairing voice

despairingly

adverb


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