despair of

despair of something

to give up all hope of something. Do not despair of his returning; I think we will see him again. I despair of ever seeing her again.
See also: despair, of

despair of

v.
To lose all hope for something or someone: The shipwrecked sailors despaired of being rescued. I have seen so much unfairness that I despair of a just world.
See also: despair, of
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Betsey, too, a spoiled child, trained up to think the alphabet her greatest enemy, left to be with the servants at her pleasure, and then encouraged to report any evil of them, she was almost as ready to despair of being able to love or assist; and of Susan's temper she had many doubts.
Sympathizing with Clara in all besides, she had no sympathy, as they sat together in the pleasant sunshine, with Clara's gloomy despair of the future.
George no sooner came home to his master's house than he met with Mrs Honour; to whom, having first sounded her with a few previous questions, he delivered the letter for her mistress, and received at the same time another from her, for Mr Jones; which Honour told him she had carried all that day in her bosom, and began to despair of finding any means of delivering it.
Oh, sir," said Caderousse, putting out one hand timidly, and with the other wiping away the perspiration which bedewed his brow, -- "Oh, sir, do not make a jest of the happiness or despair of a man.
Men die nightly in their beds, wringing the hands of ghostly confessors and looking them piteously in the eyes -- die with despair of heart and convulsion of throat, on account of the hideousness of mysteries which will not suffer themselves to be revealed.
Down to the present time he had so firmly opposed my doing it that I had come to despair of ever publishing the most curious of police stories of the past fifteen years.
In utter despair of moving him feeling keenly, bitterly (if I must own it), his merciless superiority to all that I had said to him in the honest fervor of my devotion and my love--I thought of Major Fitz-David as a last resort.
Those of the castle who had not gotten to horse, still continued to fight desperately with the besiegers, after the departure of the Templar, but rather in despair of quarter than that they entertained any hope of escape.
He had already spent several months in this condition when the Prince of the Air whirled her away, to the grief and despair of every man on the island.
These myriad poems describe the pain and despair of losing a beloved, as well as the journey of a deepening and sweet connection to Spirit that heals and restores faith.
Elsewhere Allah says: "Say, "O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah.
Paxman said that humour helped people feel "reconnected with the political process they so despair of.
In such a case, he would keep the following Quranic verse in his mind: {Say, "O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the Mercy of Allah.
Furthermore, by this reading I suggest that in articulating this view through the 'higher' pseudonymous identity of Anti Climacus (the author of The Sickness unto Death), Kierkegaard creates a therapeutic hermeneutic which aims not only to alleviate the despair of his reader, but also to come to terms with his own difficulties in accepting the 'impossibility' of self-forgiveness.
After thirty years of seeking, she despaired of knowing God, but God did not despair of knowing her.