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despair

a feeling of hopelessness.

despair

The eighth stage in Erikson's developmental theory; the opposite of ego integrity. The individual experiences sorrow over past life events and dismay over a foreshortened life.
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A second, albeit related, tactic for choosing to wallow in sin rather than embrace forgiveness is exposed and indicted by Anti-Climacus under the rubric of "the sin of despairing of the forgiveness of sins (offense).
In a sense, the picture is an emblem of Ruskin's life and character: in the swirling waves, despairing limbs, light and paint there is already a sketch of the interconnected tissue of ideas and feelings about reality, society, art and nature which informed Ruskin throughout his life.
Aside from the observation that he had to abandon keeping records of burials "in such difficult times," Ludolf's chronicle began with a general flight to Kassel on May 17, 1640, less than a year after the village sent its despairing message to the regent.
VOOM customers, despairing over the loss of their HD service, which goes dark at the end of this month, have been thrown a lifeline by DIRECTV.
The heartfelt message of the despairing parents is enough to make any mum or dad weep.
Edgar says to his despairing father, "Thy life's a miracle.