Despair is the feeling of not having any hope left. If you completely forgot to study for your final exam in math, you might feel despair when your teacher passes out the test.

Despair can also refer to someone or something that causes you to worry or be sad. Unfortunately, some children are the despair of their parents. The verb despair means to lose hope. Despair is from Latin desperare "to be without hope," from the prefix de- "without" plus sperare "to hope," from spes "hope."

Definitions of despair
  1. noun
    a state in which all hope is lost or absent
    “in the depths of despair
    “they were rescued from despair at the last minute”
    synonyms: desperation
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    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
  2. noun
    the feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will turn out well
    “they moaned in despair and dismay”
    “one harsh word would send her into the depths of despair
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    the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled
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    the despair you feel when you have abandoned hope of comfort or success
    resignation, surrender
    acceptance of despair
    discouragement, disheartenment, dismay
    the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles
    the feeling that things will turn out badly
    acceptance of the inevitability of defeat
    the feeling of discouragement in the face of someone's superior fame or wealth or status etc.
    a cynical feeling of distrust
    type of:
    the experiencing of affective and emotional states
  3. verb
    abandon hope; give up hope; lose heart
    “Don't despair--help is on the way!”
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    be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes
    lose confidence or hope; become dejected
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