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Definition hopelessness

Much more rarely, despair can reference the cause of giving up hope as in:  She was the despair of the team.
  • Don't despair—help is on the way!
despair = give up hope
  • they were rescued from despair at the last minute
  • He looked down at the ground in despair.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • despair = extreme distress
  • He was in despair.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Clean, Well-Lighted Place
  • despair = hopelessness
  • And I wish I had the power to tell them that the despair of their hearts was not to be final, and their night was not without hope.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • despair = hopelessness
  • "You mustn't despair!" cried Mr Wonka. "Nothing is impossible!"
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • despair = give up hope or feel extreme worry or sadness
  • GAEV. [In despair] My sister, my sister. ...
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • despair = hopelessness or desperation
  • and he became so beautiful, and the music so despairing, that Jill did not know which of them it was that filled her eyes with tears.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • despairing = the feeling of having lost hope
  • He spat out the word with the deepest despair I have ever heard in a human voice.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • despair = hopelessness
  • Alice repeated in despair, 'Oh, that'll never be done!'
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass
  • despair = desperation (feeling extreme worry)
  • But I fear ... he knows that Despair is a greater sin than any of the sins which provoke it.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • despair = hopelessness
  • Oh, I have seen plenty since and have felt the shattering waves of violence and despair and confusion.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • despair = hopelessness
  • Gerald hung up in despair.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • despair = hopelessness
  • And he began to see that there might be some sense in that last line about getting your heart's desire and getting despair along with it.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician's Nephew
  • despair = loss of hope
  • For those near to her the despair was fearful to behold. She was convinced that her life was over, her life and children's.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • despair = hopelessness
  • The men in blue were intent with the despair of their circumstances and they seized upon the revenge to be had at close range.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • despair = extreme distress or desperation
  • Her voice was ragged with despair.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan's Curse
  • despair = hopelessness
  • Sometimes she gave up in despair and she just lay weeping in the pitch darkness.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • despair = hopelessness
  • In that knowledge, despair and die!
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • despair = give up hope
  • No great dream lifted him high and no despair forced self-destruction.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
despair = sense of hopelessness or desperation

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