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despair
used in Dracula

2 meanings, 20 uses
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1  —18 uses as in:
she felt despair
Definition
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
  • it was pitiful to see her so brave and yet so sorrowful, and in such a depth of despair.
    Chapter 22 (10% in)
despair = hopelessness
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Despair has its own calms.
    Chapter 4 (21% in)
  • despair = hopelessness
  • Despair seized me.
    Chapter 4 (80% in)
  • despair = distress
  • I thought and thought what should be my next move, but my brain seemed on fire, and I waited with a despairing feeling growing over me.
    Chapter 4 (91% in)
  • despairing = distressed
  • Mrs. Westenra has got an idea that sleep-walkers always go out on roofs of houses and along the edges of cliffs and then get suddenly wakened and fall over with a despairing cry that echoes all over the place.
    Chapter 6 (77% in)
  • despairing = hopeless
  • His horror turned to despair, and in a steady voice he said, "You had better come too, captain, before it is too late."
    Chapter 7 (77% in)
  • despair = desperation
  • He raised his hands over his head in a sort of mute despair, and then beat his palms together in a helpless way.
    Chapter 11 (12% in)
  • despair = distress
  • Never, even in the midst of our despair about poor Lucy, had he looked more stern.
    Chapter 14 (79% in)
  • despair = distress
  • He threw himself with a despairing gesture into a chair, and placed his elbows on the table, covering his face with his hands as he spoke. "They were made by Miss Lucy!" [small holes in the children's throats]
    Chapter 14 (**% in)
  • despairing = distressed
  • I was in an agony of despair for a long time after you left me, it seemed hours.
    Chapter 21 (27% in)
  • despair = distress
  • Van Helsing, Art, and I moved forward to Mrs. Harker, who by this time had drawn her breath and with it had given a scream so wild, so ear-piercing, so despairing that it seems to me now that it will ring in my ears till my dying day.
    Chapter 21 (56% in)
  • despairing = distressed
  • I could not but see how right he was and the terrible despair of Mina's face became relaxed in thought.
    Chapter 22 (40% in)
  • despair = hopelessness
  • This may yet be his salvation, for if all go well, it will tide him over the despairing period.
    Chapter 23 (3% in)
  • despairing = distressed
  • And the silence, which showed Mrs. Harker's coming relapse from her freedom of soul, did not seem so full of despair to any of us as we had dreaded.
    Chapter 25 (27% in)
  • despair = hopelessness and distress
  • She knows it not, and it would overwhelm her and make despair just when we want all her hope, all her courage, when most we want all her great brain which is trained like man's brain, but is of sweet woman and have a special power which the Count give her, and which he may not take away altogether, though he think not so.
    Chapter 25 (75% in)
  • despair = hopelessness
  • The hypnotic stage was even longer in coming than before, and when it came the time remaining until full sunrise was so short that we began to despair.
    Chapter 26 (8% in)
  • despair = distress (at inability to fix a bad situation)
  • At the same time there was despair in his eyes, for the risen sun was reddening even Mrs. Harker's pale face.
    Chapter 26 (16% in)
  • despair = distress (at inability to fix a bad situation)
  • When we got home we were talking of the old time, which we could all look back on without despair, for Godalming and Seward are both happily married.
    Chapter 27 (98% in)
despair = distress
There are no more uses of "despair" flagged with this meaning in Dracula.

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2  —2 uses as in:
do not despair
Definition
to lose hope
  • But we need not despair.
    Chapter 23 (48% in)
despair = give up hope
  • But, my child, do not despair, this knowledge came to him just too late!
    Chapter 23 (14% in)
despair = give up hope
There are no more uses of "despair" flagged with this meaning in Dracula.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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