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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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Placing his characters under a microscope like a scientist observing a new strain of bacteria, he arms them with epigrammatic existential wordplay as they despairingly try to make sense of life and find meaning in a terrifyingly unfathomable universe.
Ben Toye is Dan, professional obituary-writer who ping-pongs despairingly between the women.
The second is by the 24-year-old daughter playing the missing intern, desperately and despairingly in love.
With the advantage of two-and-a-half centuries of additional experience in managing human affairs, EU leaders might allow themselves higher expectations than Voltaire, when he despairingly remarked to aspiring reformers: "You waste your time - the world cannot be changed".
"Time to put Old Glory away, fellas, and run Mexico's [flag] up the flagpole of all Denver courts, jails, and the Capitol building," wrote Graham despairingly.
For examples of one-dimensionality look no further than Johannes Wohnseifer's wardrobe (spindy, 1995), which replicated the exact dimensions of the armoire in which Schleyer was held by the RAF until his death on October 18, 1977, or Thomas Schutte's Ferienhaus fur Terroristen (Vacation House for Terrorists), 2002, which despairingly takes its cue from Martin Kippenberger's abysmal architectures.
For generations, expectant high school seniors have dashed to their mailboxes looking for "the envelope," bulky with promise or despairingly thin, that traditionally signaled acceptance (or rejection) to college.
He met "despairingly and but to depart from them, for"
Paul Gardner, World Soccer's US correspondent, writes despairingly of what he calls Euro Snobs in America.
Roman -- the great structuralist -- used to clutch his forehead after a rushes screening and ask despairingly, "What's the structure?
At this point there is a wealth of information on the causal nature of the disaster, but despairingly little on its effects on human health (1).
At other times, Guillem presented the pathos of the role, leaving lasting images of the tragic heroine--in her trembling and stilted walking on pointe as she despairingly left the scene with the father, in her stillness and piercing gaze at first sighting of Armand, and in her final upreach in his arms before falling lifeless.