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Definition of Despair


  1. To be hopeless; to have no hope; to give up all hope or expectation; -- often with of.
  2. To give up as beyond hope or expectation; to despair of.
  3. To cause to despair.
  4. Loss of hope; utter hopelessness; complete despondency.
  5. That which is despaired of.

Despair Quotations

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing... not healing, not curing... that is a friend who cares.
Henri Nouwen

We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings.
Albert Einstein

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.
C. S. Lewis

Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.
William Shakespeare

Man's nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been know to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature.
Mahatma Gandhi
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Despair Translations

despair in Danish is fortvivle, fortvivlelse
despair in Dutch is vertwijfelen, wanhopen
despair in German is verzweifeln, verzweifeln, Verzweifelung
despair in Italian is disperare, disperazione
despair in Latin is despero
despair in Norwegian is fortvile, fortvilelse
despair in Portuguese is desespero

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