despair of (something)

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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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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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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.
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References in classic literature ?
It was the body which despaired of the body--it groped with the fingers of the infatuated spirit at the ultimate walls.
It was the body which despaired of the earth--it heard the bowels of existence speaking unto it.
Their sister soon despaired of making the smallest impression on them; they were quite untameable by any means of address which she had spirits or time to attempt.
The former Newsnight host, 64, said that people despaired of the political process and had contempt for politicians.
After thirty years of seeking, she despaired of knowing God, but God did not despair of knowing her.