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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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It was an extraordinary and magnificent gift: awash alike with brilliant sunset colour, the swirling misty sea of sharks, squids and despairing people; it was simultaneously a celebration of the wonders of nature and a dramatic artistic attack on slavery, which had nobly been abolished in the British Empire by the arguments of people like Brougham and Wilberforce 33 years before the painting was made in 1840.
In a passionate and despairing dissent, Justice Hugo Black rejected the majority opinion.
I often recall an old Foreign Legion movie which I think was satirically inclined, although by now I'm not quite sure, in which a sweaty and despairing officer turns to his equally sweaty and despairing Legionnaires, surveys the limitless sands around them, and announces, in confident tones: "Legion of the Lost--we're lost