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See definition of despair on Dictionary.com
  • noundepression, hopelessness
  • verbgive up hope

synonyms for despair

  • anguish
  • desperation
  • despondency
  • discouragement
  • gloom
  • melancholy
  • misery
  • pain
  • sorrow
  • dejection
  • disheartenment
  • forlornness
  • ordeal
  • trial
  • tribulation
  • wretchedness
  • dashed hopes
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antonyms for despair

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  • cheer
  • comfort
  • contentment
  • encouragement
  • happiness
  • joy
  • pleasure
  • peace
  • cheerfulness
  • confidence
  • faith
  • hopefulness
  • joyfulness
  • trust
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How to use despair in a sentence

The concertina wire marking the edge of his homeland triggers Vanishvili’s border cells to fire every time he sees it, and in turn, that firing may trigger the despair associated with that place.
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In the first movement of his Fifth Symphony, Beethoven set up a battle between hope and despair.
BEETHOVEN’S 5TH SYMPHONY IS A LESSON IN FINDING HOPE IN ADVERSITYCHARLIE HARDINGSEPTEMBER 11, 2020VOX
It’s my job, I’ve begun to think, to make sure that people in this “climate generation” don’t get swallowed up in an ocean of despair.
GENERATION Z IS ‘TRAUMATIZED’ BY CLIMATE CHANGE—AND THEY’RE THE KEY TO FIGHTING ITMATTHEWHEIMERAUGUST 19, 2020FORTUNE
This discrepancy can create a feeling of despair when it comes to online reputation management, but this only means that you need to become more proactive about getting reviews from your customers.
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America enters the final months of the 2020 campaign in a state of despair and disrepair.
AS MINNEAPOLIS BURNS, TRUMP’S PRESIDENCY IS SINKING DEEPER INTO CRISIS. AND YET, HE MAY STILL BE RE-ELECTEDLGBTQ-EDITORJUNE 2, 2020NO STRAIGHT NEWS
Davy read this over two or three times, in the greatest perplexity, and then gave it up in despair.
DAVY AND THE GOBLINCHARLES E. CARRYL
Prud'hon, in humiliation and despair, lived in a solitude almost complete.
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The falling dew, and the howling wind raised him not from that bed of lonely despair.
THE PASTOR'S FIRE-SIDE VOL. 3 OF 4JANE PORTER
But the '34 port was so good that he revoked twice, to the indignation and despair of his unhappy brother and partner.
THE PIT TOWN CORONET, VOLUME I (OF 3)CHARLES JAMES WILLS
As they got lower and lower down the hill, her wretchedness and disquiet became acute, to the point of a wild despair.
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WORDS RELATED TO DESPAIR

  • affliction
  • blight
  • burden
  • bête noir
  • calamity
  • curse
  • despair
  • destruction
  • disaster
  • downfall
  • fatal attraction
  • misery
  • nuisance
  • pest
  • plague
  • poison
  • ruin
  • ruination
  • scourge
  • torment
  • trial
  • trouble
  • undoing
  • venom
  • woe
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.