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despair

noun [U] uk   /dɪˈspeər/  us   /-ˈsper/
B2 the feeling that there is no hope and that you can do nothing to improve a difficult or worrying situation: a mood/sense of despair They're in (the depths of) despair over/about the money they've lost. To her teacher's despair, Nicole never does the work that she's told to do. Their fourth year without rain drove many farmers to despair.be the despair of sb to cause someone such difficulties that they do not know how to deal with you: He's the despair of his parents because he shows no interest in getting a job.
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verb [I] uk   /dɪˈspeər/  us   /-ˈsper/
to feel despair about something or someone: Don't despair! We'll find a way out! I despair at/over the policies of this government. They began to despair of ever being rescued.
despairing
adjective uk   /-ˈspeə.rɪŋ/  us   /-ˈsper.ɪŋ/
a despairing glance/cry
despairingly
adverb uk   /-ˈspeə.rɪŋ.li/  us   /-ˈsper.ɪŋ.li/
He rubbed his hand despairingly over his face.
Translations of “despair”
in Arabic يَأس…
in Korean 절망…
in Malaysian putus harapan…
in French (se) désespérer (de)…
in Turkish umutsuzluk, çaresizlik…
in Italian disperazione, sconforto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 絕望…
in Russian отчаяние…
in Polish rozpacz…
in Vietnamese thất vọng…
in Spanish desesperar, perder la esperanza…
in Portuguese desespero…
in Thai สิ้นหวัง…
in German verzweifeln…
in Catalan desesperació…
in Japanese 絶望…
in Indonesian putus asa…
in Chinese (Simplified) 绝望…
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