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despairing

[ dih-spair-ing ]
/ dɪˈspɛər ɪŋ /
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adjective

given to despair or hopelessness.
indicating despair: a despairing look.

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Origin of despairing

First recorded in 1585–95; despair + -ing2

synonym study for despairing

1. See hopeless.

OTHER WORDS FROM despairing

de·spair·ing·ly, adverbun·de·spair·ing, adjectiveun·de·spair·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for despairing

despairing
/ (dɪˈspɛərɪŋ) /

adjective

marked by or resulting from despair; hopeless or desperate

Derived forms of despairing

despairingly, adverb
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