despair
I. verb Etymology: Middle English despeiren, from Anglo-French desperer, from Latin desperare, from de- + sperare to hope; akin to Latin spes hope — more at speed Date: 14th century intransitive verb to lose all hope or confidence <
despair of winning
>
transitive verb obsolete to lose hope for • despairer noun II. noun Date: 14th century 1. utter loss of hope <
a cry of despair
>
<
gave up in despair
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2. a cause of hopelessness <
an incorrigible child is the despair of his parents
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Despair — • The voluntary and complete abandonment of all hope of saving one s soul and of having the means required for that end Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Despair     Despair      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Despair — De*spair , n. [Cf. OF. despoir, fr. desperer.] 1. Loss of hope; utter hopelessness; complete despondency. [1913 Webster] We in dark dreams are tossing to and fro, Pine with regret, or sicken with despair. Keble. [1913 Webster] Before he [Bunyan]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Despair — De*spair , v. t. 1. To give up as beyond hope or expectation; to despair of. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I would not despair the greatest design that could be attempted. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To cause to despair. [Obs.] Sir W. Williams. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • despair — (v.) early 14c., from stem of O.Fr. desperer be dismayed, lose hope, despair, from L. desperare to despair, to lose all hope, from de without + sperare to hope, from spes hope (see SPEED (Cf. speed)). The noun (c.1300) replaced native wanhope.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • despair — ► NOUN ▪ the complete loss or absence of hope. ► VERB ▪ lose or be without hope. ● be the despair of Cf. ↑be the despair of ORIGIN from Latin desperare, from sperare to hope …   English terms dictionary

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • despair — [n] depression, hopelessness anguish, dashed hopes, dejection, desperation, despondency, discouragement, disheartenment, forlornness, gloom, melancholy, misery, ordeal, pain, sorrow, trial, tribulation, wretchedness; concept 410 Ant. cheer,… …   New thesaurus

  • despair — [di sper′] vi. [ME despeiren < OFr desperer < L desperare, to be without hope < de , without + sperare, to hope < spes, hope < IE base * spēi, to prosper, expand: see SPEED] to lose hope; be without hope: usually with of vt.… …   English World dictionary

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  • Despair — est un film germano français de Rainer Werner Fassbinder sorti en 1978. Sommaire 1 Synopsis 2 Distribution 3 Fiche technique 4 Ré …   Wikipédia en Français

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