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.
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.