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

Origin of despairing

First recorded in 1585–95; despair + -ing2
Related formsde·spair·ing·ly, adverbun·de·spair·ing, adjectiveun·de·spair·ing·ly, adverb

Synonym study

1. See hopeless.

Antonyms for despairing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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marked by or resulting from despair; hopeless or desperate
Derived Formsdespairingly, adverb
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