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The despair and anger felt by the people who were misled has to be understood. Times, Sunday Times (2016) Sometimes the despair can be sudden and overwhelming. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It's a tough challenge in the face of so much despair but may perhaps be enough. Times, Sunday Times (2016)THE constant sound of aircraft taking off and landing would drive most people to despair. Times, Sunday Times (2016)My wife and I were in utter despair. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The thought of her being with somebody else makes me feel in despair. The Sun (2014)This adds a resignation that contrasts with the despair of many of his earlier poems. The Times Literary Supplement (2013)Some cards include cruel jokes about people suffering despair. The Sun (2011)Particularly as he sometimes despaired of my energy and strong will. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The feelings of hopelessness and despair were exactly the same. The Sun (2010)Others spoke of moments of utter despair they still felt and of their permanent loss of security. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Some time after it became despair and anger. The Sun (2015)When the food was bad he slumped towards existential despair. Times, Sunday Times (2014)That feeling of despair has a number of outlets. Times, Sunday Times (2013)There was unity and alienation and sweetness and savagery and hope and despair. The Sun (2009)She is feeling despair and needs to be well so that she no longer feels so depressed. Christianity Today (2000)The squalid conditions in the shack settlements drive many to despair. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Her story of dedication and love became a story of despair and utter hopelessness. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Maybe it is just some existential despair we all carry with us. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Young people in the urban jungle live in terror of other young people and in despair of protection from adults. Times, Sunday Times (2008)There's so much drama there and so much despair. Times, Sunday Times (2013)This despair was almost total. The Broken God (1993)Add to that a wife who wants to divorce him and you have a man in total despair and a plot with more twists than a tornado. The Sun (2007)The goats that grazed these trees began to lose their teeth and many died of starvation, much to the despair of their owners. Times, Sunday Times (2006)All they can see about them is starvation, hunger, loss and despair. The Crisis of Life on Earth - our legacy from the second millenium (1990)Despite a successful career his drinking increased and, in despair after his wife threw him out, he connected himself to a drip designed to kill. Times, Sunday Times (2007)
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British English: despair /dɪˈspɛə/ NOUN
Despair is the feeling that everything is wrong and that nothing will improve.
I looked at my wife in despair.
- American English: despair
- Arabic: يَأْس
- Brazilian Portuguese: desespero
- Chinese: 绝望
- Croatian: očaj
- Czech: beznaděj
- Danish: fortvivlelse
- Dutch: wanhoop
- European Spanish: desesperación
- Finnish: epätoivo
- French: désespoir
- German: Verzweiflung
- Greek: απελπισία
- Italian: disperazione
- Japanese: 絶望
- Korean: 절망
- Norwegian: fortvilelse
- Polish: rozpacz
- European Portuguese: desespero
- Romanian: disperare
- Russian: отчаяние
- Latin American Spanish: desesperación
- Swedish: förtvivlan
- Thai: ความสิ้นหวัง
- Turkish: umutsuzluk
- Ukrainian: відчай
- Vietnamese: sự tuyệt vọng
British English: despair VERB
If you despair, you feel that everything is wrong and that nothing will improve.
Oh, I despair sometimes', he says in mock sorrow.
Definition of despair from the Collins English Dictionary
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