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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 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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fall into despair

To enter into a state of utter hopelessness, helplessness, and depression. I fell into despair when I was told I hadn't gotten the job. We can't fall into despair just because our sales figures weren't what we were hoping for—we've got to pick ourselves up and do what is necessary to get back on track!
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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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sink into despair

To enter into a state of utter hopelessness, helplessness, and depression. I sank into despair when I was told I hadn't gotten the job. We can't sink into despair just because our sales figures weren't what we were hoping for—we've got to pick ourselves up and do what is necessary to get back on track!
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throw (one's) arms up in despair

1. To make a gesture physically indicating one's despair and disbelief (about something.) We threw our arms up in despair after they told us that our appointment had been rescheduled again for a third time. The computer crashed for the third time that day, and I threw my arms up in despair.
2. To express or indicate that one gives up or submits to futility or failure. (Not necessarily done by literally putting one's arms in the air.) The student threw his arms up in despair, claiming that the math problems were impossible to solve. Don't just throw your arms up in despair—keep trying.
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throw (one's) hands up in despair

1. To make a gesture physically indicating one's despair and disbelief (about something.) We threw our hands up in despair after they told us that our appointment had been rescheduled again for a third time. The computer crashed for the third time that day, and I threw my hands up in despair.
2. To express or indicate that one gives up or submits to futility or failure. (Not necessarily done by literally putting one's hands in the air.) The student threw his hands up in despair, claiming that the math problems were impossible to solve. Don't just throw your hands up in despair—keep trying.
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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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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.
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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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On the other hand, Despair is disappointment and fear (Dehkhoda Loghatname, [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] ibid).
Elsewhere Allah says: "Say, "O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah.
In Quranic terms, much like hope that acts a vital role in the carnal and spiritual life of human, so does despair as a destructive and lethal agent.
Human's dismay in God's Mercy is among cardinal sins and He has denied him despair in a number of verses (Az-Zumar:53).
The hope which we are talking about here is the opposite of despair; it carries meanings of cheerfulness and good thoughts.
Despair is the demolishing tool that destroys the work motive in man's soul and weakens the sources of strength in his body.
If something good happens to him and he is grateful, then this is good for him, and if a calamity befalls him and he is patient, then this is also good for him." [Muslim] How, then, could a true believer despair while he is promised of goodness in all circumstances?
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.
But joy turned to despair in an instant for Sir Alex Ferguson and his side as just 13 seconds after their game ended Sergio Aguero scored for the Sky Blues in the 94th minute.
At the point at which salvation from despair transpires as a human impossibility, Anti-Climacus astutely identifies an implicit psychology of offense at work in the self which despairs of the forgiveness of sins: namely, offense against the divine forgiveness of sins--a forgiveness which, perhaps even due to its melancholy self-indictment, the self regards as "impossible" (p.
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).
The text that we are examining in this article is but one of seven or eight texts in which Jeremiah struggles with his relationship to God--swinging back and forth between confidence and doubt, hope and despair (e.g., 17:14-18).
Christians often feel uncomfortable in expressing despair and anger to God regarding suffering that has come their way.
The illustrations by Timothy Basil Ering are gray and shadowy to give the impression of despair and sadness.