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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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The passage is built around a series of collapsing oppositions: "Familiar" and "public," New York becomes "the most despairingly private of cities," and, never "left alone," one feels a torturous sense of "loneliness.
For me it's like an ugly, big white Lego building, the kind we'd make as wee ones when Lego sets were despairingly basic.
The sight of Hamilton despairingly clinging on to the back post as the ball was being retrieved to get play restarted spoke volumes of what was going through his mind at that particular juncture in the game.
It shows him walking despairingly towards Menai Suspension Bridge and contemplating his predicament before changing his mind and deciding to tackle the problem.
When she asserts that a person's inability to remember simple things "does not mean they shouldn't be treated with dignity or respect", she speaks on behalf of everyone whose loved ones have received daily reminders that whatever else they can expect, respect and dignity can be in despairingly short supply.
Of course we got quite messy and despairingly tried to clean it off with butter.
As is his wont, he has invariably been hamstrung by fast-diminishing gaps when it matters, such as when he was despairingly trapped for room here in February.
I am so out of love," she says despairingly while in a fit of pique he tosses his wedding ring into the bushes before instantly regretting it and starting a fruitless search.
I have lost many friends and acquaintances and do look despairingly at the obituaries.
Nerves frazzled after a few minutes of trying to be heard over the kid's din, Bruce's capacious conk crinkled and he looked despairingly at her, saying: "The Thames is that way, dear.
I wonder if they look down on me now, schlepping around Tesco in jeans, and flip-flops, and tut despairingly 'would it have killed you to put lipstick on?
Mankind stood for a moment, And considered God's reply, "So tell us what to do then God," Mankind despairingly cried.