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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.
And now it is the time; from Hell's abyss Come thirsting Tantalus, come Sisyphus Heaving the cruel stone, come Tityus With vulture, and with wheel Ixion come, And come the sisters of the ceaseless toil; And all into this breast transfer their pains, And (if such tribute to despair be due) Chant in their deepest tones a doleful dirge Over a corse unworthy of a shroud.
What's to be done?" 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.
There is an expression of despair, and sometimes of revenge, in your countenance that makes me tremble.
"So much the better!" said Kennedy, with the bitterness of despair. "So much the better--we shall die!"
Van Baerle passed the night in an agony of despair. On the following day Gryphus appeared to him even more hideous, brutal, and hateful than usual; in his mind, or rather in his heart, there had been some hope that it was the old man who prevented his daughter from coming.
Well, did you ever try to IMAGINE you were in the depths of 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."
It was the body which despaired of the earth--it heard the bowels of existence speaking unto it.
Their sister soon despaired of making the smallest impression on them; they were quite untameable by any means of address which she had spirits or time to attempt.
A buoyant temperament is of all moral qualities the most precious, in this respect; it is the one force in us--when virtuous resolution proves insufficient--which resists by instinct the stealthy approaches of despair. "I shall only cry," Emily thought, "if I stay at home; better go out."
Sympathizing with Clara in all besides, she had no sympathy, as they sat together in the pleasant sunshine, with Clara's gloomy despair of the future.
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.
"She is cold!" cried Luigi, in despair. "Wrap your shawl closer round you, my own Ginevra; the night is damp and chilly."