from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Despair of one's self; a despairing view of one's character, prospects, etc.


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  • It's probably obvious that you won't go crashing to the depths of self-despair with one bag of chips, one missed call, or one blown exercise session.

    Russell Bishop: How to Rebuild Your Integrity 2010

  • Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik explains:Disciplining the body, interfering with its pleasure-seeking drives, organizing them into a meaningful whole, and relating them to a higher frame of reference by refusing to yield to the powerful push of the flesh and by resisting the rush of primitive lust, are attainable only at a high price in terms of self-denial, self-despair and self-sacrifice.

    The Passionate Torah 2009

  • But instead of wallowing in self-despair, this former freelance medical writer took it upon herself to get involved.

    Beth Feldman: Living with Breast Cancer 2008

  • Luther tells us that he "used frequently to be much offended at this doctrine," because it drove him to self-despair; but that he afterward found this kind of despair was profitable and near of kin to divine grace.

    The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination 1959

  • It teaches us that lesson of which so many are fatally ignorant, the blessed lesson of self-despair.

    The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination 1959

  • The self-despair of the intemperate mind arises, in a great measure, from the conviction that he is an outcast from public respect and sympathy.

    Select Temperance Tracts American Tract Society

  • Prosper made a curious, silent gesture of self-despair and went out, feeling his way before him.

    The Branding Iron Katharine Newlin Burt 1929

  • With that cry of self-despair, Maggie fell on her knees against the table, and buried her sorrow-stricken face.

    V. The Last Conflict. Book VII—The Final Rescue 1917

  • The middle-aged, who have lived through their strongest emotions, but are yet in the time when memory is still half passionate and not merely contemplative, should surely be a sort of natural priesthood, whom life has disciplined and consecrated to be the refuge and rescue of early stumblers and victims of self-despair.

    IX. Charity in Full-Dress. Book VI—The Great Temptation 1917

  • '_But_,' she adds, '_there is another memorial of Edgar Tryan, which bears a fuller record; it is Janet Dempster, rescued from self-despair, strengthened with Divine hopes, and now looking back on years of purity and helpful labor.

    A Handful of Stars Texts That Have Moved Great Minds Frank Boreham 1915


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