Pronunciation: (di-spâr'), [key]
1. loss of hope; hopelessness.
2. someone or something that causes hopelessness: He is the despair of his mother.
to lose, give up, or be without hope (often fol. by of): to despair of humanity.
Obs.to give up hope of.
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