American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Characterized by or resulting from despair; hopeless. See Synonyms at despondent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Prone to despair or lose hope: as, a despairing disposition.
- Characterized by or indicating despair: as, a despairing cry.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Feeling or expressing despair; hopeless.
- adj. arising from or marked by despair or loss of hope
- despair + -ing (Wiktionary)
“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.”
“And some have said, that Judas sinned more in despairing of the mercy of God, than in betraying his Master's blood.”
“I’m with you in despairing as to the abilities of these morons.”
“I can't remember the last time I wrote a story which could be described as despairing, he said.”
“It recalled the despairing Congregation to a mood of resolute trust and hope.”
“Hullo, is that you, Kate?" called a despairing voice.”
“Miss Neilson, please," called the despairing voice of one of the earth-bound fairies; "Miss Neilson, you are there, aren't you?”
“Miss Neilson, please," called the despairing voice of one of the earth-bound fairies; "Miss Neilson, you _are_ there, aren't you?”
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