Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by or resulting from despair; hopeless. See Synonyms at despondent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Feeling, expressing, or caused by despair; hopeless.
  • v. Present participle of despair.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Feeling or expressing despair; hopeless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Prone to despair or lose hope: as, a despairing disposition.
  • Characterized by or indicating despair: as, a despairing cry.

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

  • adj. arising from or marked by despair or loss of hope

Etymologies

despair +‎ -ing (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    CHAPTER I

  • 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.

    Obi Pantomime Act II, Obi, Praxis Series, Romantic Circles

  • "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."

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • And some have said, that Judas sinned more in despairing of the mercy of God, than in betraying his Master's blood.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • I’m with you in despairing as to the abilities of these morons.

    Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » ACORN Relief Act

  • I can't remember the last time I wrote a story which could be described as despairing, he said.

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • It recalled the despairing Congregation to a mood of resolute trust and hope.

    John Knox

  • "Hullo, is that you, Kate?" called a despairing voice.

    Miss Billy's Decision

  • "Miss Neilson, please," called the despairing voice of one of the earth-bound fairies; "Miss Neilson, you are there, aren't you?"

    Miss Billy's Decision

  • "Miss Neilson, please," called the despairing voice of one of the earth-bound fairies; "Miss Neilson, you _are_ there, aren't you?"

    Miss Billy's Decision

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