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English noun: despair

1. despair (state) a state in which all hope is lost or absent

SamplesIn the depths of despair.
They were rescued from despair at the last minute.
Courage born of desperation.


Broader (hypernym)condition, status

2. despair (feeling) the feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will turn out well

SamplesThey moaned in despair and dismay.
One harsh word would send her into the depths of despair.

Broader (hypernym)feeling

Narrower (hyponym)discouragement, disheartenment, dismay, hopelessness, pessimism, resignation, surrender


English verb: despair

1. despair (emotion) abandon hope; give up hope; lose heart

SamplesDon't despair--help is on the way!.

ExamplesSam and Sue despair, Sam and Sue despair over the results of the experiment

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Narrower (hyponym)despond


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