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[dih-spair-ing] /dɪˈspɛər ɪŋ/
given to despair or hopelessness.
indicating despair:
a despairing look.
Origin of despairing
First recorded in 1585-95; despair + -ing2
Related forms
despairingly, adverb
undespairing, adjective
undespairingly, adverb
1. hopeful.
Synonym Study
1. See hopeless. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for despairingly
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  • She cast about her despairingly for some way to tell him the truth.

    Love Stories Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • “We shall have to return at last,” said Hendrik, despairingly.

    The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
  • "My woman's wit is completely at a loss," said Mollie, despairingly.

    The Unseen Bridgegroom May Agnes Fleming
  • "We did not have enough presence of mind," Lady Beltham said despairingly.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • despairingly, she saw that she would miss the railroad station by many yards.

    Hoofbeats on the Turnpike Mildred A. Wirt
  • "It seems a case of 'twixt the devil and the deep sea," he said, despairingly.

    The Red Acorn John McElroy
  • "And she looked like an angel just out of the refrigerator," he said despairingly.

    The Angel of Terror Edgar Wallace
  • "But then it don't lead to nothing," continued Annie, despairingly.

    A Girl of the Klondike Victoria Cross
  • Her fine eyes gazed at him despairingly, like those of a wounded animal in its pain.

    Dr. Adriaan Louis Couperus
  • “Yes,” I said despairingly, for I began to wonder whether we should be found.

    Brownsmith's Boy George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for despairingly


marked by or resulting from despair; hopeless or desperate
Derived Forms
despairingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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