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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 ?
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.
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.
Ungrateful, cruel, coy, and fair, Was she that drove him to despair, And Love hath made her his ally For spreading wide his tyranny.
Mercedes was at first in the deepest despair at the blow which deprived her of Edmond.
It was something even more intense than despair that I then observed upon the countenance of the singular being whom I had watched so pertinaciously.
Two doctors, a priest, and several neighbors came into the room, bringing all that was necessary to save the poor couple and calm their despair.
Here are your instructions," replied the officer, placing the folded paper in his hands; and turning round towards D'Artagnan, "Come, monsieur," said he, in an agitated voice (such despair did he behold in that man of iron), "do me the favor to depart at once.
she bore it with a strange unnatural resignation--she looked, she spoke, with the sad self-possession of despair.
I've never been in the depths of despair, so I can't say," responded Marilla.
Despair got hold of me, the despair that hardens the heart.
Here he presently fell into the most violent agonies, tearing his hair from his head, and using most other actions which generally accompany fits of madness, rage, and despair.
Down to the present time he had so firmly opposed my doing it that I had come to despair of ever publishing the most curious of police stories of the past fifteen years.
he kept repeating in despair, as he remembered the acutely painful sensations caused him by this quarrel.
Clerval, who had watched my countenance as I read this letter, was surprised to observe the despair that succeeded the joy I at first expressed on receiving new from my friends.
They ran thus: "AN IMPENETRABLE MYSTERY SEEMS DESTINED TO HANG FOR EVER OVER THIS ACT OF MADNESS OR DESPAIR.