His attitude when listening to my teenaged opinions was merry and despairing.
That they were just people who, for some reason, had made an awful choice and were thrown into a terrible, despairing situation.
despairing, Brody picks up the syringe the doctor has left for him—and injects the heroin the doctor left alongside it.
We were too tired to resist this outrage, but shuffled down the street, silent and despairing.
His disturbing images are what despairing victims and survivors in Liberia hoped the world would see.
But the efforts of the despairing Indians were fruitless, and they were driven back with heavy losses.
He is always making his enemies sick with despairing jealousy.
Meanwhile, the American swinging about like a drunken man, seemed in a despairing state.
The despairing passion of her last kisses had thrilled him through and through.
His dim eyes were cast tenderly on her despairing countenance, and pressing gently her clammy hand, he breathed his last.
early 14c., from stem of Old French desperer "be dismayed, lose hope, despair," from Latin desperare "to despair, to lose all hope," from de- "without" + sperare "to hope," from spes "hope" (see speed). Related: Despaired; despairing; despairingly.
c.1300, from Anglo-French despeir, Old French despoir, from desperer (see despair (v.)). Replaced native wanhope.