- given to despair or hopelessness.
- indicating despair: a despairing look.
Origin of despairing
1. See hopeless.
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Examples from the Web for despairingly
"You don't seem to realize the position you're in," the father insisted, despairingly.Within the Law
"I have done every thing, Angela," said Pauline, despairingly.
Despairingly did he struggle against this gradual invasion of his being.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
“You accept that part of my letter, but not my other request,” she said, despairingly.The Bondwoman
Marah Ellis Ryan
As he felt his strength failing he looked around him despairingly.The Young Miner
Horatio Alger, Jr.
- marked by or resulting from despair; hopeless or desperate
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