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de·spair  audio  (d-spâr) KEY 

intr.v.
de·spaired, de·spair·ing, de·spairs
  1. To lose all hope: despaired of reaching shore safely.
  2. To be overcome by a sense of futility or defeat.
NOUN:
  1. Complete loss of hope.
  2. One despaired of or causing despair: unmotivated students that are the despair of their teachers.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English despeiren, from Old French desperer, from Latin dsprre : d-, de- + sprre, to hope; see sp- in Indo-European roots. N., from Middle English despeir from Anglo-Norman, from Old French desperer, to despair


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