self-despair

noun
self-de·​spair | \ ˌself-di-ˈsper How to pronounce self-despair (audio) \

Definition of self-despair

: despair of oneself : hopelessness

First Known Use of self-despair

1652, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-despair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-despair. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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