Today’s kanji is 絶望, which is ready as zetsubou (zet-sue-boh). 絶望 means “despair/hopelessness.”
絶 refers to “cutting off/severing.”
望 is the symbol for “hope/ambition.”
So basically, the kanji compound represents cutting off hope, and hence the dark meaning of despair.
The stroke order for 絶望 is shown below.
Have you been experiencing any feelings of 絶望 lately? 😦