verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of despair
Examples from the Web for despair
Three months of despair were ignited in suburban Missouri when officer Darren Wilson was told he would walk free.
It may be nothing other than anger and despair, at this point.Ferguson Protesters Harass Black Police, Call for Darren Wilson’s Death|Justin Glawe|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I highly doubt that anyone not already in a state of despair would look to war as an antidote to Godlessness.
Rage, despair, and confusion trail in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown.
But addressing that “winter of despair” should not reinforce the inaccurate perceptions.Why the US-Africa Summit Was Important and Why It Wasn't Enough|John Prendergast|August 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The sudden transition from sorrow and despair to this excess of joy excited him infinitely.Stoneheart|Gustave Aimard
At the last line of his speech, she made one wild gesture of despair, and threw herself backward upon Ghisleri's ready arm.Pietro Ghisleri|F. (Francis) Marion Crawford
At last she put down the receiver and emerged from the box, with a strange look of despair upon her handsome countenance.The Sign of Silence|William Le Queux
But this time Cecilia heard the heavy bolt shoot home with feelings of despair.Back To Billabong|Mary Grant Bruce
The reason why I do not spend my days in despair and my nights in hopeless weeping simply is that I am in love with my own ruin.The Journal of a Disappointed Man|Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
Word Origin for despair
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.