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DESPAIR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does despair mean? 

DESPAIR (noun)
  The noun DESPAIR has 2 senses:

1. a state in which everything seems wrong and will turn out badly
2. the feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will turn out well

  Familiarity information: DESPAIR used as a noun is rare.


DESPAIR (verb)
  The verb DESPAIR has 1 sense:

1. abandon hope; give up hope; lose heart

  Familiarity information: DESPAIR used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DESPAIR (noun)


Sense 1despair [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A state in which everything seems wrong and will turn out badly

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

despair; desperation

Context example:

they were rescued from despair at the last minute

Hypernyms ("despair" is a kind of...):

condition; status (a state at a particular time)


Sense 2despair [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Hypernyms ("despair" is a kind of...):

feeling (the experiencing of affective and emotional states)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "despair"):

hopelessness (the despair you feel when you have abandoned hope of comfort or success)

resignation; surrender (acceptance of despair)

discouragement; disheartenment; dismay (the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles)

pessimism (the feeling that things will turn out badly)

Antonym:

hope (the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled)


DESPAIR (verb)


Sense 1despair [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Abandon hope; give up hope; lose heart

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Context example:

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

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "despair"):

despond (lose confidence or hope; become dejected)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence examples:

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

Antonym:

hope (be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes)


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