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despair
used in Candide

2 meanings, 8 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
she felt despair
Definition
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
  • I fell, oppressed with fright, fatigue, horror, despair, and hunger.
    Chapter 11 (93% in)
despair = hopelessness
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2  —1 use as in:
do not despair
Definition
to lose hope
  • I should have been burnt, but you may remember it rained exceedingly hard when they were going to roast me; the storm was so violent that they despaired of lighting the fire, so I was hanged because they could do no better.
    Chapter 28 (32% in)
despaired = lost hope
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exact meaning not specified
  • Pangloss was in despair at not shining in some German university.
    Chapter 30 (18% in)
  • Scarcely had I recovered my senses than I saw you stripped, stark naked, and this was the height of my horror, consternation, grief, and despair.
    Chapter 8 (68% in)
  • My mother, in despair, and scarcely less afflicted than myself, determined to absent herself for some time from so fatal a place.
    Chapter 11 (28% in)
  • What will it avail me to spin out my wretched days and drag them far from her in remorse and despair?
    Chapter 16 (13% in)
  • "Do not despair," said he to the disconsolate Candide, "I understand a little of the jargon of these people, I will speak to them."
    Chapter 16 (65% in)
  • This drove Candide to despair; he had, indeed, endured misfortunes a thousand times worse; the coolness of the magistrate and of the skipper who had robbed him, roused his choler and flung him into a deep melancholy.
    Chapter 19 (73% in)

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