What’s an adjective I can use to describe sadness marked by a sense of despair.

She was suddenly hit with a wave of _____ sadness.

Does “despairing” work? If so, what are some other words that can be used?

  • 1
    Maybe "hopeless". May 5, 2021 at 6:07
  • 1
    Despairing sadness sounds good.
    – EllieK
    May 5, 2021 at 20:36

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Per Merriam Webster:

tending or serving to overwhelm
overwhelming force
overwhelming evidence


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