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in the depths of (something)

In the middle of and wholly consumed by a particularly negative and/or difficult situation or emotional state. The country was in the depths of the worst economic disaster of the last century. While I was in the depths of depression, I found that I couldn't even get out of bed in the morning.
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despair of (something)

To view a situation as hopeless. Considering her dire diagnosis, I despaired of grandma ever regaining her health.
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drive (one) to despair

To cause one to experience sadness, hopelessness, and/or frustration. I'm not surprised that his wife's death has driven him to despair—grief has that effect on people. Try not to let this rejection drive you to despair.
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throw up (one's) hands

To submit or give up. I'm ready to throw up my hands after trying to train this unruly puppy. Don't just throw up your hands—keep trying.
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throw up (one's) hands in despair

To indicate one's unwilling and despairing submission to or acceptance of something. We threw up our hands in despair after they told us that our appointment had been rescheduled again for a third time. All you can do is throw your arms up in despair at the way the government is being run these days.
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a counsel of despair

An admission of defeat, hopelessness, or resignation to a particular negative outcome or situation. It saddens me to hear such a counsel of despair from our president about the situation regarding our healthcare system. Though obviously spruced up with media-friendly spin, the PR statement amounted to little more than a counsel of despair regarding the company's future outlooks.
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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.
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drive someone to despair

Fig. to depress someone; to frustrate someone. Sometimes raising an infant drives me to despair! The recent problems drove her to despair.
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sink into despair

to become depressed; to become completely discouraged. After facing the hopelessness of the future, Jean Paul sank into despair. Mary sank into despair upon learning of the death of her grandmother.
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a counsel of despair

an action to be taken when all else fails.
2003 Guardian This is not a counsel of despair. The argument in favour of the euro can be won, as Winning From Behind, a pamphlet published today by Britain in Europe, argues.
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throw up your hands/arms in deˈspair, ˈhorror, etc.

(often humorous) show that you disagree strongly with something, or are very worried about something: When she said she wanted to get a motorbike, her parents threw up their hands in horror.
See also: arm, hand, throw, up

despair of

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.
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The participants pointed out to that among other reasons of despair was the negative effect of media focusing on negativity more than positivity.
Examining how life satisfaction varies by age and year seems like a very good test of the despair hypothesis.
As the "no, no, no" continued, I interrupted f the presenting students and spoke about the obvious and sad conjunction between text and life: We were hearing the voice of despair nearby discussing the despair of Wiesel during his imprisonment.
Elsewhere Allah says: "Say, "O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah.
reflects on the lost existential import of depression, despair and other sad feelings in a culture that marginalizes them.
Muslim] How, then, could a true believer despair while he is promised of goodness in all circumstances?
We went from that ecstatic winning feeling to utter despair.
LED sources define converging entrance walls, while concealed CMH accents cast a glow across the looming Mountain of Despair, creating a dramatic passageway for the visitors' arrival.
Pivotal for his discussion is the passage where Kierkegaard's pseudonym Anti-Climacus asks whether despair is an excellence or a defect.
THE fatuous protestation parade, led by the laughable city fathers, leads me to despair.
One of the causes of despair is that young people don't know, they are not aware or they can't find the units which they would get economic, health, cognitive and social support.
The most valuable contribution a Christian can make in our age of despair is to continue, because of our faith, to act hopefully and in that way to be an encouragement to those who have lost all hope.
the cause of despair was the effect of another despair
Despair (sickness of the spirit) and divine forgiveness are decisive psychological and theological themes essential to both Soren Kierkegaard's relational vision of 'the self before God' and his own personal struggles with guilt and the consciousness of sin.
JORDAN is in despair because she fears her marriage split will damage her image and cost her money.