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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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Fear and hope are like two wings of a bird: when adjoined, the flier can carry on with flight, but when either dysfunctions, the bird flies into perdition [4] Hope meanwhile moderates fear so that the wayfarer would not dive into despair.
Shams Tabrizi ha also explicated hope as: "But there exists no despair.
3/2923)'Tis not proper to despair of such a Benefactor: cling to the saddle-strap of this Mercy.
3638/1)God hath smitten the neck of despair, inasmuch as sin and disobedience have become obedience.
Despair is copper, and the elixir for it is (God's) regard.
Despair is a terminal illness that is to be remedied by God in whose will one may sublimate his copper of dismay into the gold of hope.
Do not despair, my soul, for hope has manifested itself; The hope of every soul has arrived from the unseen.
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.
Indeed, in his anxiety over sin and a discernible need for divine reassurance, Kierkegaard can be regarded as the modern inheritor of the scrupulous self-scrutiny of Luther: struggling, through the dark clouds of melancholy and despair, with self and God in the spiritual crucible of Anfechtung (see Podmore, 2006).
In this assertion, there can be heard echoes of Charles Carr's (1973) earlier claim that the "penetrating quality of Kierkegaard's insights into guilt, dread, sin, and despair also render him worthy of recognition as the father of modern therapeutic psychology" (p.
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.
Here Kierkegaard also devises a way to speak to what he regarded as the omnivorous despair of the present age without compromising his own ostensibly humble claim to be "without authority" (e.
despair is the hopelessness of not being able to die.
It is in this last sense that despair is the sickness unto death, this tormenting contradiction, this sickness of the self, perpetually to be dying, to die and yet not die, to die death.