Origin of despairing
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of despair
Examples from the Web for despairing
His disturbing images are what despairing victims and survivors in Liberia hoped the world would see.
We were too tired to resist this outrage, but shuffled down the street, silent and despairing.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire|H.L. Mencken|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Despairing about the length and frequency of the many fashion weeks has become a tired refrain.The Drama of Being a Model: Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill Land in Fashion Week|Allison McNearney|September 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Despairing, Brody picks up the syringe the doctor has left for him—and injects the heroin the doctor left alongside it.Damian Lewis Spills On ‘Homeland’s’ Shocking Plot Twist and Brody’s Return|Andrew Romano|October 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Despairing, he is consoled by an elder statesman of his party.
The merino dominates the bush, and gives to Australian literature its melancholy tinge, its despairing pathos.Three Elephant Power|Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson
As he walks in with a despairing air, the audience shriek with laughter (because he is labelled as comic in their brains).The Modern Pistol and How to Shoot It|Walter Winans
Dolores cast a despairing look at Philip, then involuntarily stepped to his side as if to protect him.Which?|Ernest Daudet
In “Asia” Urizen hears the despairing cry of his creation, and himself shudders and weeps, but unavailingly.William Blake|Irene Langridge
We never knew, but we liked that boy's despairing wail, and would not have missed it for ever so much extra slumber.Roman Holidays and Others|W. D. Howells
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.