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Definition of "despairing" []

  • Characterized by or resulting from despair; hopeless. See Synonyms at despondent. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "despairing" in a sentence
  • "Tenderfeet, with ten pounds of Colt's revolvers, cartridges, and hunting-knives belted about them, wandered valiantly up the trail, and crept back softly, shedding revolvers, cartridges, and knives in despairing showers."
  • "She is animatedruns and tries to force the door, but ineffectuallyagain despairing, is crossing the stage, her hands clasped together, and uplifted eyes, observes the key hanging at the top of wing, R.H. Convinced of its being the key, runs towards itfinds it impossible to reach itsteps upon the chair, and upon the tablestill finds she cannot reach itturns for the ladder, finds it secured."
  • ""Being past hope," or despairing, is the reading of the Vulgate; though not so well supported as English Version reading, "past feeling," which includes the absence of hope (Jer 2: 25; 18: 12). given themselves over -- In Ro 1: 24 it is, "God gave them up to uncleanness.""