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Despair

See also Futility.
Detection, Crime (See SLEUTHING.)
Destiny (See FATE.)
Achitophel
hanged himself from despair when his advice went unheeded. [O.T.: II Samuel 17:23]
Aram, Eugene
scholar murders from pressure of poverty. [Br. Lit.: Eugene Aram]
Bowery, the
Manhattan skid row for alcoholics. [Am. Hist.: Hart, 97]
Giant Despair
imprisons Christian and Hopeful in Doubting Castle. [Br. Lit.: Pilgrim’s Progress]
Hrothgar
Danish king desperately distressed by warrior-killing monster. [Br. Lit.: Beowulf]
Maurya
mother loses six sons in the sea. [Br. Lit.: Riders to the Sea]
Melusina
fairy who despaired when husband discovered secret. [Fr. Folklore: Brewer Handbook, 695]
Narcissus
wastes away yearning to kiss reflection of himself. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Handbook, 745; Rom. Lit.: Metamorphoses]
Slough of Despond
bog enmiring and discouraging Christian. [Br. Lit.: Pilgrim’s Progress]
Sullivan brothers
mother despairs over losing her five sons in WWII (1942). [Am. Hist.: Facts (1943), 106]
Tristram
or Tristan falsely told that Iseult is not coming to save him from fatal poisoning, he dies of despair. [Medieval Legend: Brewer Dictionary]
Waiting for Godot
tramps consider hanging themselves because Godot has failed to arrive to set things straight. [Anglo-French Drama: Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot in Magill III, 1113]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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And former Ospreys head coach Lyn Jones looked on despairingly as Welsh, who included new signing Adam Balding at number eight, struggled to stem the tide.
"It is as if there is an intention by some to blot out the probing process and hide clear-cut facts in order to serve the Syrian regime which is despairingly trying to explode the Lebanese arena." Karam called upon the present government to resign as soon as possible, as "history will feel shy to mention it [government] in its [history's] pages." He also addressed Hizbullah to affiliate with state and join building state institutions.
There's a plot complicated enough to keep you guessing and interested, but not so complicated that you get despairingly lost.
Mackreth powered his way into Harriers' penalty area where he was despairingly brought down by Gittings and Baker promptly stepped up to smash home the resulting penalty.
FLYING HIGH: Llanelli's Diggy Bird was on target with penalty and conversion kicks NO ORDINARY JOE: Llanelli's Joe Heatley scores as Pontypool's Calwyn Morgan despairingly attempts to bring him down
IT HAD always looked a tough ask for Lancashire to make 250 runs in the last innings of a game dominated by bowling, but the speed and nature of their demise was still a disappointment for another 2000-plus crowd at Trafalgar Road, who watched despairingly as their side crumbled against Nottinghamshire.
"I am so out of love," she says despairingly while in a fit of pique he tosses his wedding ring into the bushes before instantly regretting it and starting a fruitless search.
On the next page he seems to abandon the thesis, writing despairingly: 'Why Attlee won this leadership election is one of the enduring mysteries of Labour Party history.' I can explain this mystery.
But he scrambled back across court and Simon's racket, thrown despairingly at the ball, summed up his whole evening.
How will I ever manage to get these items before my daughter's wedding?" she said despairingly.
Mankind stood for a moment, And considered God's reply, "So tell us what to do then God," Mankind despairingly cried.
Director Bruce Kendricks' camera relishes close-ups of fans mouthing "I love you" and picks out some nice cut-aways, including a grandmother sitting despairingly in the crowd, covering her ears.