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despair

de·spair

despair

 
 
pronunciation:
dih speIr
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the state of being completely without hope.
After days of waiting to be rescued, the trapped hikers were in despair.
 
synonyms:
hopelessness
antonyms:
beatitude, hope, optimism
similar words:
cynicism, defeatism, discouragement, disillusion, dismay, pessimism, resignation
definition 2: that which induces hopelessness.
The lazy boy was the despair of his parents.
antonyms:
hope, joy
similar words:
affliction, bane, burden, cross, curse, nemesis, scourge, trial, tribulation
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: despaired, despairing, despairs
definition: to lose or abandon all hope concerning something (usu. fol. by of).
Her son went to sea and she despaired of ever seeing him again.
synonyms:
despond
similar words:
surrender, yield
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