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Synonyms for despair

lose hope

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  • lose hope
  • give up
  • be discouraged
  • be pessimistic
  • lose heart
  • be despondent
  • be dejected
  • be demoralized
  • resign yourself
  • look on the black side

Synonyms for despair

Synonyms for despair

a state in which all hope is lost or absent

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the feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will turn out well

abandon hope

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References in classic literature ?
The suicide of a lady - THIS ACT OF MADNESS OR DESPAIR.
He walked frail, insignificant, shabby, miserable - and terrible in the simplicity of his idea calling madness and despair to the regeneration of the world.
Lay of despair, grieve not when thou art gone Forth from this sorrowing heart: my misery Brings fortune to the cause that gave thee birth; Then banish sadness even in the tomb.
Let him who has been deceived complain, let him give way to despair whose encouraged hopes have proved vain, let him flatter himself whom I shall entice, let him boast whom I shall receive; but let not him call me cruel or homicide to whom I make no promise, upon whom I practise no deception, whom I neither entice nor receive.
he said to himself in despair, and found no answer.
The hunter's wife, who had stood on the bank full of joy and hope, sank into despair when she saw her husband snatched away again before her eyes.
In her despair the young wife called on the old witch to help her, and in a moment the hunter was turned into a frog and his wife into a toad.
There is an expression of despair, and sometimes of revenge, in your countenance that makes me tremble.
Sometimes I could cope with the sullen despair that overwhelmed me, but sometimes the whirlwind passions of my soul drove me to seek, by bodily exercise and by change of place, some relief from my intolerable sensations.
Van Baerle passed the night in an agony of despair.
The evening closing in, his despair changed into melancholy, which was the more gloomy as, involuntarily, Van Baerle mixed up with it the thought of his poor tulip.
she bore it with a strange unnatural resignation--she looked, she spoke, with the sad self-possession of despair.
The resentment of Mr Allworthy, and the injury he must do to his quiet, argued strongly against this latter; and lastly, the apparent impossibility of his success, even if he would sacrifice all these considerations to it, came to his assistance; and thus honour at last backed with despair, with gratitude to his benefactor, and with real love to his mistress, got the better of burning desire, and he resolved rather to quit Sophia, than pursue her to her ruin.
George no sooner came home to his master's house than he met with Mrs Honour; to whom, having first sounded her with a few previous questions, he delivered the letter for her mistress, and received at the same time another from her, for Mr Jones; which Honour told him she had carried all that day in her bosom, and began to despair of finding any means of delivering it.
Luigi kissed her, with one of those kisses of despair that were given in 1793 between friends as they mounted the scaffold.