from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Madness; fury; rash precipitance; violence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Desperation; virulence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state or quality of being desperate.


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  • That relationship might explain why prior to the election Mr. Ritchie waved off evidence of thousands of irregularities on Minnesota voter rolls, claiming that accusations of fraud were nothing more than "desperateness" from Republicans.

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  • It was a strange feeling to have come upon her so suddenly, and there was a strange kind of desperateness in its startling strength.

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  • The manifold torment of the psychologist who has discovered this ruination, who discovers once, and then discovers ALMOST repeatedly throughout all history, this universal inner "desperateness" of higher men, this eternal "too late!" in every sense -- may perhaps one day be the cause of his turning with bitterness against his own lot, and of his making an attempt at self-destruction -- of his

    Beyond Good and Evil

  • The bonus material for FUNimation's release of Shigurui quotes Hagakure (The Book of the Samurai) and introduces the philosophy of shigurui or "desperateness," in which desperate action rather than common sense achieves greatness.

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  • "Keep away!" he warned, as he spread-eagled with acted desperateness.


  • And live to the end he did, smiling through all desperateness and extremity.

    The Mexican

  • Joan was keenly aware of the desperateness of the situation.

    Chapter 22

  • Perhaps it's the feeling of desperateness and their realisation that your time to leave is approaching - and who will help them then?

    Two Sides to Every Coin

  • In the moment of that thought the desperateness of his situation dawned upon him.

    Chapter 46

  • They had been selected blindly by nature, in a cruel and ignoble environment, where the prize of living was to be gained, in the main, by the cunning of cowardice, and, on occasion, by desperateness of defence when in



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