- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dɪˈspɛə(ɹ)/
- (General American) IPA(key): /dɪˈspɛəɹ/
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- Hyphenation: des‧pair
- (transitive, obsolete) To give up as beyond hope or expectation; to despair of.
- 1644, John Milton, Areopagitica; a Speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Vnlicenc’d Printing, to the Parlament of England, London: [s.n.], OCLC 879551664:
- I would not despair the greatest design that could be attempted.
- (transitive, obsolete) To cause to despair.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir W. Williams to this entry?)
- (intransitive, often with “of”) To be hopeless; to have no hope; to give up all hope or expectation.
to despair of
to cause to despair
to be hopeless
- Loss of hope; utter hopelessness; complete despondency.
- He turned around in despair, aware that he was not going to survive
- That which causes despair.
- That which is despaired of. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
loss of hope