AskDefine | Define despair

Dictionary Definition



1 a state in which everything seems wrong and will turn out badly; "they were rescued from despair at the last minute" [syn: desperation]
2 the feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will turn out well [ant: hope] v : abandon hope; give up hope; lose heart; "Don't despair--help is on the way!" [ant: hope]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To give up as beyond hope or expectation; to despair of (obsolete).
  2. transitive obsolete To cause to despair.
  3. To be hopeless; to have no hope; to give up all hope or expectation.


to despair of
to cause to despair
to be hopeless


  1. Loss of hope; utter hopelessness; complete despondency.
    He turned around in despair, aware that he was not going to survive
  2. That which is despaired of.



Extensive Definition

Despair or Hopelessness is the loss of hope. It can also refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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