despairing

adjective de·spair·ing

Definition of despairing

  1. :  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

1589

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 de·spair·ing

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

  1. :  having or showing no hope a despairing voice

despairingly

adverb


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