Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The condition of being desperate.
  • n. Recklessness arising from despair.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of despairing or becoming desperate; a giving up of hope.
  • n. A state of despair, or utter hopeless; abandonment of hope; extreme recklessness; reckless fury.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of despairing or becoming desperate; a giving up of hope.
  • n. A state of despair, or utter hopeless; abandonment of hope; extreme recklessness; reckless fury.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A despairing; hopelessness; despair.
  • n. A desperate state of mind, either active or passive; recklessness arising from failure or misfortune; despairing rashness or fury: as, deeds of desperation.
  • n. Synonyms See despair.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. desperate recklessness
  • n. a state in which all hope is lost or absent

Etymologies

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Examples

  • "Does the term desperation come to mind?" he said.

    Boston.com Top Stories

  • Ya well her desperation is annoying to this "bitter typical white person" who still supports Obama and begs that Hillary end this madness.

    Paterson says Clinton frustrated, not desperate

  • As an example, one thing we teach is what we call a desperation trench.

    CNN Transcript Dec 7, 2006

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One thing we teach is what we call a desperation trench.

    CNN Transcript Dec 9, 2006

  • Musharraf spent much of his time talking about what he called the desperation, hopelessness, and powerlessness of Muslims around the world, who see disputes like the one over Kashmir and the Palestinian people going unresolved.

    CNN Transcript Nov 10, 2001

  • Oxfam released the report to highlight what it called the desperation of daily hardships women face after years of conflict and the 2003 US-led invasion.

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  • Those senior officers, first and foremost, have to work within the budgetary constraints set by the MoD so their "desperation" is heavily qualified by the amount of money they have available.

    Coffins on wheels

  • Bush, in desperation is still atempting to to rally the people beind the “we have a job to do, we will keep the American people safe” credo … you know all it would take is another Al queda attack on US soil and Bush is back on top of the game … …. makes you wonder if he’s planning one now.

    Think Progress » Fitzgerald: Valerie Wilson Was “Classified” CIA Agent

  • When parents come to him in desperation, he asks them three questions: Do they have custodial rights?

    The Snatchback

  • I pushed my morphine button more than 240 times one night in desperation even though medicine could only be dispensed every 10 minutes.

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