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Synonyms for despair

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  1. despairnoun

    desperation, hopelessness, despondency

  2. despairnoun

    To give up as beyond hope or expectation; to despair of.

    He turned around in despair, aware that he was not going to survive

    hopelessness, desperation, despondency

  3. despairverb

    To cause to despair.

    despondency, desperation, hopelessness

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. despair

    Discouragement is the result of so much repulse or failure as wears out courage. Discouragements too frequent and long continued may produce a settled hopelessness. Hopelessness is negative, and may result from simple apathy; despondency and despair are more emphatic and decided. Despondency is an incapacity for the present exercise of hope; despair is the utter abandonment of hope. Despondency relaxes energy and effort and is always attended with sadness or distress; despair may produce a stony calmness, or it may lead to desperation. Desperation is energized despair, vigorous in action, reckless of consequences.

    desperation, despondency, discouragement, hopelessness

    anticipation, assurance, cheer, confidence, courage, elation, encouragement, expectancy, expectation, hope, hopefulness, trust

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. despairnoun

    hopelessness, despondency, desperation

    hopefulness, elation, anticipation, hilarity, confidence, sanguineness, expectation

  2. despairverb

    despond, faint

    hope, trust, confide, rely, presume, rally

Princeton's WordNet

  1. despair, desperationnoun

    a state in which all hope is lost or absent

    "in the depths of despair"; "they were rescued from despair at the last minute"; "courage born of desperation"



  2. despairverb

    the feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will turn out well

    "they moaned in despair and dismay"; "one harsh word would send her into the depths of despair"



  3. despairverb

    abandon hope; give up hope; lose heart

    "Don't despair--help is on the way!"


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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. despairnoun

    desperation, loss of hope, complete or utter hopelessness

  2. despairverb

    despond, lose all hope, give up all expectation, be without any hope

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. despairnoun

    hopelessness, desperation, inconsolableness

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  1. Magdiel Jorge Castro:

    The funeral services are collapsed. There aren't any coffins, my family was in despair to have a deceased person for 15 hours in their bed in the tropical heat. The funeral home said there were 16 cases like his, people without a place to be buried.

  2. Menander:

    He who labors diligently need never despair for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor.

  3. Laurette Onkelinx:

    Despair is certainly one of the key explanations, when you are in despair, when you have no future, you are much easier prey to preachers of hatred.

  4. Ken Farley:

    I was beginning to despair we would never find the answer.

  5. The Pope:

    Experience shows that violence, conflict and terrorism feed on fear, mistrust, and the despair born of poverty and frustration.

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