) KEY intr.v. de·spaired
- To lose all hope: despaired of reaching shore safely.
- To be overcome by a sense of futility or defeat.
- Complete loss of hope.
- One despaired of or causing despair: unmotivated students that are the despair of their teachers.
Middle English despeiren
, from Old French desperer
, from Latin dsprre
, to hope
; see sp-
in Indo-European roots. N., from Middle English despeir
from Anglo-Norman, from Old French desperer
, to despair