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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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  • "You don't seem to realize the position you're in," the father insisted, despairingly.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • "I have done every thing, Angela," said Pauline, despairingly.

  • despairingly did he struggle against this gradual invasion of his being.

  • “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.
  • “We shall have to return at last,” said Hendrik, despairingly.

    The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
  • "We did not have enough presence of mind," Lady Beltham said despairingly.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • "It seems a case of 'twixt the devil and the deep sea," he said, despairingly.

    The Red Acorn John McElroy
  • "She eats nothing," Minna said despairingly to the caretaker.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • She had been gazing at him despairingly, wistfully—but did not blanch or start.

    Clarence Bret Harte
British Dictionary definitions for despairingly


marked by or resulting from despair; hopeless or desperate
Derived Forms
despairingly, adverb
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