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Entry Word: despair
Function: noun
Text: 1 utter loss of hope <the endless drought drove the farmers to despair>
Synonyms desperation, despondency, forlornness, hopelessness
Related Words blues, depression, dejection, desolation, doldrums, dolor, downheartedness, dumps, gloom, melancholy, mopes, oppression, sadness, sorrow, unhappiness; cynicism, pessimism; acceptance, resignation
Near Antonyms cheer, cheerfulness, sunniness; optimism
Antonyms hope, hopefulness
2 the state of being discouraged <the other team's temporary lead caused some momentary despair> -- see DISCOURAGEMENT