verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of despair
Examples from the Web for despaired
The only common ground to be found in this despaired summer is that unlike my kids, those in Gaza simply were in the wrong place.
Many of his supporters had despaired that the regime would ever let him out.
All these years later, the carnage continues and many of us have despaired at ever ending it.
Darkly pessimistic towards the end, he despaired of ever liberating art from the art world.Robert Hughes: A Fierce Critic and Powerful Voice Now Silenced|Simon Schama|August 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The 1972 election was fought in the shadow of Vietnam, a bloody war Americans had despaired of winning.
Yet, as he despaired and scoffed, he felt within himself an ever-present hope that luck might turn the tide of battle.Graustark|George Barr McCutcheon
It carried him for weary miles after he despaired of ever covering another hundred yards.The Yukon Trail|William MacLeod Raine
The Serbs now despaired of getting any justice from the Magyars, and determined to appeal from them to the Emperor.The Revolutionary Movement of 1848-9 in Italy, Austria-Hungary, and Germany|C. Edmund (Charles Edmund) Maurice
And this was foreseen, as even before the end of the summer Bakounin had despaired of success.Violence and the Labor Movement|Robert Hunter
It is an old and a true saying that “no injury of the head is so trivial as to be despised or so serious as to be despaired of.”
Word Origin for despair
c.1300, from Anglo-French despeir, Old French despoir, from desperer (see despair (v.)). Replaced native wanhope.
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.