desperation

noun
des·​per·​a·​tion | \ ˌde-spə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce desperation (audio) \

Definition of desperation

1 : loss of hope and surrender to despair
2 : a state of hopelessness leading to rashness

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Synonyms & Antonyms for desperation

Synonyms

despair, despond, despondence, despondency, forlornness, hopelessness

Antonyms

hope, hopefulness

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Examples of desperation in a Sentence

She felt overcome by desperation. the desperation of severe poverty They hired me out of desperation, because they couldn't get anyone else. Finally, in desperation, he tried to flee the country.
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Japan's flying kamikaze suicide pilots with their explosive-laden planes were one example of the country's desperation. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "In the Last Days of World War II, Japan Fielded a Fleet of Kamikaze Mini-Subs," 11 Feb. 2019 Backstrom got a desperation, cross-ice pass from T.J. Oshie and beat Sergei Bobrovsky with 43 seconds left to lift the Washington Capitals over the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Tuesday night. USA TODAY, "Backstrom's late goal lifts Capitals over Blue Jackets, 3-2," 6 Feb. 2018 With the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season under way as of Friday, the desperation among those still without power had led some to take deadly risks to get it back. Leyla Santiago, CNN, "Still mending Maria's mess, Puerto Rico braces for a new hurricane season," 1 June 2018 While Hamas and smaller Palestinian factions have taken a lead as organizers, the mass marches are also fueled by growing desperation among Gaza's 2 million residents. NBC News, "4 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in Gaza border protest," 21 Apr. 2018 While Hamas and smaller Palestinian factions have taken a lead as organizers, the mass marches are also fueled by growing desperation among Gaza's 2 million residents. Fares Akram, chicagotribune.com, "Gaza man killed by Israeli gunfire as 4th border protest begins," 20 Apr. 2018 Michael and the compound—the walls Laurie built out of her fear, pain, anger, and desperation—burn to the ground. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Halloween Is More Than a Horror Movie—It's a Tribute to Mothers and Daughters," 20 Oct. 2018 But where some citizens of Indianapolis saw desperation, Mary Howard Wheeler and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union saw individuals who needed hope, love and a place to stay. Wheeler Mission, Indianapolis Star, "True to its roots: Wheeler Mission focuses on women and homelessness," 20 June 2018 But consider that this may be a signal of desperation, not greed. BostonGlobe.com, "Life sciences bill sent to the governor," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of desperation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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desperation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of desperation

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

desperation

noun
des·​per·​a·​tion | \ ˌde-spə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce desperation (audio) \

Kids Definition of desperation

: a condition of hopelessness often leading to recklessness

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