To despair is to feel very sad and hopeless. When you despair, you have given up on everything and you don't believe that anything can be done to improve the situation.

  • The student has been despairing for weeks, and she's starting to lose hope.

  • The city is in despair because of the many problems that it is facing.

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Example Sentences for despairing

  • 1

    Despair or hopelessness is the loss of hope.

  • 2

    The sense of despair and hopelessness continues.

  • 3

    In 1564, he died in despair and hopelessness.

  • 4

    The second is often latent despair, a hopelessness attitude.

  • 5

    This way of thinking can lead to hopelessness and despair.

  • 6

    But he'd gone to so despairing, so hopeless places.

  • 7

    In other words, it is possible to be in despair without despairing.

  • 8

    She sighed with despair.

  • 9

    The storm is terrifying, and the sailors despair.

  • 10

    Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.