Synonyms of despair in English:

despair


See definition of despair

noun

1‘many parents feel pain and despair about their teenage children’

SYNONYMS

hopelessness, desperation, distress, anguish, pain, unhappiness

dejection, depression, despondency, disconsolateness, gloom, melancholy, melancholia, misery, wretchedness

disheartenment, discouragement, resignedness, forlornness, defeatism, pessimism

ANTONYMS

hope, joy


verb

1‘don't despair if you didn't win this time’

SYNONYMS

lose hope, give up hope, abandon hope, give up, lose heart, be discouraged, be despondent, be demoralized, resign oneself, throw in the sponge, throw in the towel, quit, surrender

be pessimistic, look on the black side

archaic despond


Phrases

    be the despair of

      ‘my handwriting was the despair of my teachers’

      SYNONYMS

      be the bane of, be the scourge of, be a burden on, be a trial to, be a thorn in the flesh of, be a thorn in the side of, be a bother to, be the ruin of, be the death of