desperation

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noun des·per·a·tion \ˌdes-pə-ˈrā-shən\

Definition of desperation

  1. 1 :  loss of hope and surrender to despair

  2. 2 :  a state of hopelessness leading to rashness

Examples of desperation in a sentence

  1. She felt overcome by desperation.

  2. the desperation of severe poverty

  3. They hired me out of desperation, because they couldn't get anyone else.

  4. Finally, in desperation, he tried to flee the country.

14th Century

First Known Use of desperation

14th century


DESPERATION Defined for English Language Learners

desperation

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noun des·per·a·tion \ˌdes-pə-ˈrā-shən\

Definition of desperation for English Language Learners

  • : a strong feeling of sadness, fear, and loss of hope


DESPERATION Defined for Kids

desperation

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noun des·per·a·tion \ˌde-spə-ˈrā-shən\

Definition of desperation for Students

  1. :  a condition of hopelessness often leading to recklessness



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