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despair
used in O Pioneers!

5 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)
  • It seemed strange that ... the feeling which gave one of them such happiness should bring the other such despair.
    2.9 — Part 2 Chapter 9 (94% in)
despair = distress (at inability to improve a bad situation)
There are no more uses of "despair" flagged with this meaning in O Pioneers!.

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?  —4 uses
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  • On the shipbuilder's part, this marriage was an infatuation, the despairing folly of a powerful man who cannot bear to grow old.
    1.2 — Part 1 Chapter 2 (41% in)
  • Her master was sunk in despair.
    1.1 — Part 1 Chapter 1 (17% in)
  • Then came the hard times that brought every one on the Divide to the brink of despair; three years of drouth and failure, the last struggle of a wild soil against the encroaching plowshare.
    1.4 — Part 1 Chapter 4 (1% in)
  • Amedee staggered up with a gesture of despair.
    4.4 — Part 4 Chapter 4 (81% in)

There are no more uses of "despair" in O Pioneers!.

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