Definition of Desperate measure

1. Noun. Desperate actions taken as a means to an end. "He had to resort to desperate measures"

Generic synonyms: Agency, Means, Way



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Literary usage of Desperate measure

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Life of Thomas Jefferson by Henry Stephens Randall (1871)
"Morris declares what the desperate measure was. Adams's letter to Gerry, already quoted,' leaves no doubt that he too was informed of its nature. ..."

2. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson (1892)
"... happily lived Sf which we wish so much to see again restored : that necessity must be hard indeed which could may force upon us this desperate measure, ..."

3. The Book of Peace: A Collection of Essays on War and Peace by George Cone Beckwith, American Peace Society (1845)
"Necessity has not yet driven us into that desperate measure ; we have not raised armies with ambitious designs of separating from Great Britain and ..."

4. The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography by Historical Society of Pennsylvania (1877)
""That necessity," he declared, "must be hard indeed which may force upon us this desperate measure." Dickinson's comparable words were more suited to his ..."

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