Sigmund Freud despaired of figuring out what he called “the great question that has never been answered.”
Darkly pessimistic towards the end, he despaired of ever liberating art from the art world.
All these years later, the carnage continues and many of us have despaired at ever ending it.
As Netanyahu struck down that idea with Obama, Palestinians despaired further.
Many of his supporters had despaired that the regime would ever let him out.
I have prayed God, who knows how I have suffered and worked and despaired and desired, to help me now.
Even the Jesuits despaired, and abandoned Florida in disgust.
Here were knights and ladies such as he had dreamed of and despaired of ever seeing outside his dreams.
Thank you for the wireless; we had about despaired, when it came to the hotel.
While his recovery was despaired of, he addressed the following letter to General Washington.
early 14c., from stem of Old French desperer "be dismayed, lose hope, despair," from Latin desperare "to despair, to lose all hope," from de- "without" + sperare "to hope," from spes "hope" (see speed). Related: Despaired; despairing; despairingly.
c.1300, from Anglo-French despeir, Old French despoir, from desperer (see despair (v.)). Replaced native wanhope.