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despair

noun

1 despair

A state in which all hope is lost or absent:
— In the depths of despair.
— They were rescued from despair at the last minute.

synonym: desperation.

Roget 828: mental suffering, pain, dolor; suffering, sufferance; ache, smart etc. (physical pain) 378; passion.    displeasure, dissatisfaction, discomfort, ... show more

Roget 837: dejection; dejectedness etc. adj.; depression, prosternation; lowness of spirits, depression of spirits; weight on the spirits, oppression on the spirits, damp on the spirits; low spirits, bad spirits, drooping spirits, ... show more

Roget 859: hopelessness etc. adj.; despair, desperation; despondency, depression etc. (dejection) 837; pessimism, pessimist; Job's comforter; bird of bad omen, ... show more

Roget 860: fear, timidity, diffidence, want of confidence; apprehensiveness, fearfulness etc. adj.; solicitude, anxiety, care, apprehension, misgiving; feeze [U.S.]; ... show more



2 despair

The feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will turn out well.

Polish: boleść, desperacja, rozpacz

verb

1 despair

Abandon hope; give up hope; lose heart.

Roget 828: feel pain, suffer pain, experience pain, undergo pain, bear pain, endure pain etc. n., smart, ache etc. (physical pain) 378; suffer, ... show more

Roget 837: be dejected etc. adj.; grieve; mourn etc. (lament) 839; take on, give way, lose heart, despond, droop, sink.    ... show more

Roget 859: despair; lose all hope, give up all hope, abandon all hope, relinquish all hope, lose the hope of, give up the hope of, abandon the hope of, relinquish the hope of; give up, give over; yield to despair; falter; despond ... show more

Dutch: verslagenheid, vertwijfeling, radeloosheid, hopeloosheid, desperatie, wanhoop, wanhopen, versagen


Moby thesaurus: Schmerz, Slough of Despond, abandon, abandon hope, acedia, aching heart, agony, agony of mind, anguish, apathy, bale, become suicidal, bitterness, blank despondency, bleeding heart, broken heart, cave of Trophonius, cave of despair, crushing, death wish ... show more.

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