despair etymology

English word despair comes from Old French des- (De-; dis-.), Old French esperer (To hope.)

Detailed word origin of despair

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
des- Old French (fro) De-; dis-.
esperer Old French (fro) To hope.
desesperer Old French (fro)
despeir Anglo-Norman (xno)
despair English (eng) Loss of hope; utter hopelessness; complete despondency.. That which causes despair.. That which is despaired of. (Can we add an example for this sense?) (intransitive, often with “of”) To be hopeless; to have no hope; to give up all hope or expectation.. (transitive, obsolete) To cause to despair.. (transitive, obsolete) To give up as beyond hope or expectation; to despair of.

Words with the same origin as despair

Descendants of des-
debris defeat delay demented deploy dessert detour disable disagree disagreement disappear disarm discharge disconnect disguise disgust dishonor dislike display disregard disrespect disrespectful distribution ploy