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despair
used in The Fellowship of the Ring

2 meanings, 14 uses
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1  —7 uses as in:
she felt despair
Definition
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
  • ...for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt.
    2.2 — Book 2 Chapter 2 — The Council of Elrond (94% in)
despair = hopelessness
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • In the end, gathering his courage, he leaped over Gollum in the dark, and fled away down the passage, pursued by his enemy's cries of hate and despair: Thief, thief!
    Prologue (80% in)
  • despair = distress (at inability to improve a bad situation)
  • And then in my despair I thought again of a test that might make the finding of Gollum unneeded.
    2.2 — Book 2 Chapter 2 — The Council of Elrond (39% in)
  • despair = distress (at not knowing how to improve a bad situation)
  • That is the path of despair.
    2.2 — Book 2 Chapter 2 — The Council of Elrond (94% in)
  • despair = hopelessness
  • 'Despair, or folly?' said Gandalf.
    2.2 — Book 2 Chapter 2 — The Council of Elrond (94% in)
  • despair = hopelessness
  • It is not despair,
    2.2 — Book 2 Chapter 2 — The Council of Elrond (94% in)
  • despair = hopelessness
  • He sat with his head bowed, either in despair or in anxious thought.
    2.4 — Book 2 Chapter 4 — A Journey in the Dark (52% in)
despair = hopelessness
There are no more uses of "despair" flagged with this meaning in The Fellowship of the Ring.

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2  —6 uses as in:
do not despair
Definition
to lose hope
  • 'Don't despair!' said Strider.
    1.12 — Book 1 Chapter 12 — Flight to the Ford (5% in)
despair = give up hope
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Wanderers in the shadowed land despair not!
    1.6 — Book 1 Chapter 6 — The Old Forest (27% in)
  • despair = give up hope
  • Even so they often despaired of getting their pony up, or indeed of finding a path for themselves, burdened as they were.
    1.12 — Book 1 Chapter 12 — Flight to the Ford (37% in)
  • despaired = lost hope
  • There we had rumour of him, and we guess that he dwelt there long in the dark hills; but we never found him, and at last I despaired.
    2.2 — Book 2 Chapter 2 — The Council of Elrond (39% in)
  • despaired = lost hope
  • I, too, despaired at last, and I began my homeward journey.
    2.2 — Book 2 Chapter 2 — The Council of Elrond (45% in)
  • despaired = lost hope
  • They despaired, until I returned and told them that the drift was little wider than a wall.
    2.3 — Book 2 Chapter 3 — The Ring Goes South (93% in)
despaired = lost hope
There are no more uses of "despair" flagged with this meaning in The Fellowship of the Ring.

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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
  • All shall love me and despair!
    2.7 — Book 2 Chapter 7 — The Mirror of Galadriel (94% in)

There are no more uses of "despair" in The Fellowship of the Ring.

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