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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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"We join with it," he states, in times of happiness and moments of dispair."
DISPAIR: City boss Kevin Keegan looks on in disbelief
Although Elton Flatley slotted another penalty after the break due to more England indiscipline in the line-out, Wilkinson was on song with his next drop shot and after the re-start just one good hoof into the stands ran the clock down and Australia into dispair. THE TEAMS
I write with mixed feelings; relief that the Kyoto Protocol was ratified by the world and dispair at US disregard for world safety and the environment.
My excitement turned to dispair as my corner of the world became a quiet vacuum.
When adolescents dispair of their problems, they often use drugs, smoke, or drink alcohol.
And all too easy for Celtic in the end, leaving Dunfermline in the depths of utter dispair.
As it gradually became clear that his cash would not regain its former worth, Beadle was "thrown into a state little better than dispair." In the economically turbulent period of the Revolution and its aftermath, the tight-fisted merchant had learned painfully that "wealth could take to itself wings and fly away: Notwithstanding all his vigilance."(23)
As the world crumbles before their characters' eyes, both actors deliver distinct and stunning moments of denial, discovery, rage, and dispair. For Priestley, these siblings symbolize all the rights and privileges of inherited position; their portrayals, however, are studied, individualistic performances of subtlety and depth which avoid anything merely representational.
After that litany of dispair, Dorothy somehow got herself together and by early 1965 had begun to turn her life around.
In these dismal days of economic gloom and social dispair, the NDP should shine -- considering the competition.