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  1. One who despairs.


  • 1666: He cheers the fearful, and commends the bold, / And makes despairers hope for good success. — John Dryden, Annus Mirabilis: The Year of Wonders, 1666
  • 1866: Too quick despairer, wherefore wilt thou go? — Matthew Arnold, Thrysis A Monody
  • 1892?: O despairer, here is my neck — Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
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