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despair


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Despair  \De*spair"\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Despaired};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Despairing}.]  [OE.  despeiren  dispeiren  OF 
  desperer  fr  L.  desperare;  de-  +  sperare  to  hope;  akin  to 
  spes  hope,  and  perh.  to  spatium  space,  E.  space,  speed;  cf 
  OF  espeir  hope,  F.  espoir  Cf  {Prosper},  {Desperate}.] 
  To  be  hopeless;  to  have  no  hope;  to  give  up  all  hope  or 
  expectation;  --  often  with  of 
 
  We  despaired  even  of  life.  --2  Cor.  i.  8. 
 
  Never  despair  of  God's  blessings  here  --Wake. 
 
  Syn:  See  {Despond}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Despair  \De*spair"\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  give  up  as  beyond  hope  or  expectation;  to  despair  of 
  [Obs.] 
 
  I  would  not  despair  the  greatest  design  that  could 
  be  attempted.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  To  cause  to  despair.  [Obs.]  --Sir  W.  Williams. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Despair  \De*spair"\,  n.  [Cf.  OF  despoir,  fr  desperer.] 
  1.  Loss  of  hope;  utter  hopelessness;  complete  despondency. 
 
  We  in  dark  dreams  are  tossing  to  and  fro,  Pine  with 
  regret,  or  sicken  with  despair.  --Keble. 
 
  Before  he  [Bunyan]  was  ten  his  sports  were 
  interrupted  by  fits  of  remorse  and  despair. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  despair 
  n  1:  a  state  in  which  everything  seems  wrong  and  will  turn  out 
  badly;  "they  were  rescued  from  despair  at  the  last 
  minute"  [syn:  {desperation}] 
  2:  the  feeling  that  everything  is  wrong  and  nothing  will  turn 
  out  well  [ant:  {hope}] 
  v  :  abandon  hope;  give  up  hope;  lose  heart;  "Don't  despair--help 
  is  on  the  way!"  [ant:  {hope}] 




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