Definitions

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  • adv. In a despairing manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a despairing manner; in a manner indicating hopelessness; in despair.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. with desperation

Etymologies

despairing +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As he came spluttering to the surface again, "Help, help, Arvid," he called despairingly; "I am drowning!"

    Historic Boys Their Endeavours, Their Achievements, and Their Times

  • Some called despairingly the names of wives and daughters who had been among the spectators in that fatal line of wagons.

    Beric the Briton : a Story of the Roman Invasion

  • Frankenstein despairingly bewails his attempt as impious, and suffers for it; partial justice is rendered; and many more incidents in the novel might have been pourtrayed, of harrowing interest! though without infringing good taste.

    First Reviews

  • At the first intimation of the man's violence Jean had rushed to her sister's aid and was beating him with wildly impotent hands, calling despairingly to Lollie, to Swimming Wolf, even to Gregg.

    Where the Sun Swings North

  • We also saw a bewildered curly white dog and a young girl, who called despairingly to him as he disappeared beneath the automobile.

    Lady Baltimore

  • All the while Alfred was calling despairingly to us; every time the ice broke, he would nearly disappear under the water, which was deadly cold.

    When Life Was Young At the Old Farm in Maine

  • The vicomte called despairingly for help, but none came.

    The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II

  • He called despairingly upon his friends and laid hands on those near him; but all were silent, cold and stony.

    St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, July 1878, No. 9

  • Poor, distracted Montgomery threw himself on the ground beside her, calling despairingly upon her, imploring her to speak one more word to him, but all in vain; and when the troops from the fort, who had taken the alarm, arrived at the dreadful spot, he lay like one dead, with his arm around the lifeless form of his precious Lizzie.

    'Three Score Years and Ten' Life-Long Memories of Fort Snelling, Minnesota, and Other Parts of the West

  • Lost, for an instant, even the recollection that Goisvintha might still be watching her opportunity from without, calling despairingly on her father, and vainly striving to raise him from the ground, Antonina remembered not, in the overwhelming trial of the moment, the revelations of Numerian's past life that had been disclosed to her in the days when the famine was at its worst in Rome.

    Antonina

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