Meaning of despair

de•spair

Pronunciation: (di-spâr'), [key]
— n.
  1. loss of hope; hopelessness.
  2. someone or something that causes hopelessness: He is the despair of his mother.
—v.i.
  1. to lose, give up, or be without hope (often fol. by of&hasp;): to despair of humanity.
—v.t.
  1. to give up hope of.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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