• (RP) IPA: /dɪˈspɛə(ɹ)/
  • (GA) IPA: /dɪˈspɛəɹ/

despair (despairs, present participle despairing; past and past participle despaired)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To give up as beyond hope or expectation; to despair of.
    • 1644, John Milton, Areopagitica; a Speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Vnlicenc’d Printing, to the Parlament of England, London: [s.n.], OCLC 879551664 ↗:
      I would not despair the greatest design that could be attempted.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To cause to despair.
  3. (intransitive, often with “of”) To be hopeless; to have no hope; to give up all hope or expectation.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, 2 Corinthians 1:8 ↗:
      We despaired even of life.
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  1. Loss of hope; utter hopelessness; complete despondency.
    He turned around in despair, aware that he was not going to survive
  2. That which causes despair.
  3. That which is despaired of.
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