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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.
To conclude as Rosenberg does that Hobsbawm "ends almost despairingly on the word darkness" is to distort the quote and the thought One word, darkness," does not express the thought of that sentence.
Medved's view of the mass media is so dreary and so unremittingly angry and almost despairingly critical, it ultimately negates the sensible analysis the mass media deserves.
But the more abrasive features of the school are pleasingly absent: the idea that politicians are concerned only with advancement, and that their speeches are habitually made in a code designed for signalling to other politicians, is not to be found here (And just as well too; at a time when politicians were concerned rather despairingly with keeping their own and their country's heads above water, enough charges of ambition and treachery were flying around to make academic glossing of the record unnecessary).
This was the same pitch where many of us had despairingly watched the exploits of Frank Pingel, Rob McDonald and Mark Stimson.
Yours despairingly, Terry Breverton Cil Lonydd, Maesycrugiau Carmarthenshire
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.
Arguably the best player on the park up until this point, Beattie rashly conceded possession deep inside his own half, gifting the ball to Walshe who deceived the Bohs keeper, Dean Delany, who dived despairingly to his left but failed to get near the midfielder's low shot.
If I wanted to see a witless slob watching the telly, I'd turn off the set and gaze despairingly into the black mirror for a bit.
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.
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.
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.