given to despair or hopelessness.
indicating despair: a despairing look.
- de·spair·ing·ly, adverb
- un·de·spair·ing, adjective
- un·de·spair·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use despairing in a sentence
Though it doesn’t wrap up with anything close to a happy ending, it’s more galvanizing than it is despairing.Oscar-Nominated Documentary Collective Is a Gripping Story of Investigative Journalism | Stephanie Zacharek | March 24, 2021 | Time
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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
despairing, he is consoled by an elder statesman of his party.
He tried the effect of ridicule on the wretched and despairing Louis; and to one of his arguments, he at last extorted a reply.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
On landing, the old prince, trembling from top to toe, with despairing glance clutched the arm of the Governor for protection.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
When she could hold a pen in her hand, she sent a despairing letter to Madame Valmonde.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
His art brings rest and tranquillity to the wearied and despairing, and she did not speak again until they had reached the house.The Fifth String | John Philip Sousa
Being to leeward, they could hear despairing cries distinctly, and four or five human beings were seen clinging to the side.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for despairing
marked by or resulting from despair; hopeless or desperate
- despairingly, adverb
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