Despair De*spair", v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Despaired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Despairing}.] [OE. despeiren, dispeiren, OF. desperer, fr. L. desperare; de- + sperare to hope; akin to spes hope, and perh. to spatium space, E. space, speed; cf. OF. espeir hope, F. espoir. Cf. {Prosper}, {Desperate}.] To be hopeless; to have no hope; to give up all hope or expectation; -- often with of. [1913 Webster]

We despaired even of life. --2 Cor. i. 8. [1913 Webster]

Never despair of God's blessings here. --Wake.

Syn: See {Despond}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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