Definition of Desperation

1. Noun. A state in which all hope is lost or absent. "Courage born of desperation"

Exact synonyms: Despair
Generic synonyms: Condition, Status
Derivative terms: Despair, Despair



2. Noun. Desperate recklessness. "It was a policy of desperation"
Generic synonyms: Foolhardiness, Rashness, Recklessness

Definition of Desperation

1. n. The act of despairing or becoming desperate; a giving up of hope.

Definition of Desperation

1. Noun. The act of despairing or becoming desperate; a giving up of hope. ¹

2. Noun. A state of despair, or utter hopeless; abandonment of hope; extreme recklessness; reckless fury. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Desperation

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Desperation

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desperate times require desperate measures
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desperation (current term)
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despiritualized
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despisable

Literary usage of Desperation

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1. The History of the Civil War in America by John Stevens Cabot Abbott (1866)
"desperation- or тн> ... desperation, and did not willingly relinquish the victory, which they had supposed was so easily within their grasp. ..."

2. A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin: Presenting the Original Facts and Documents Upon by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1853)
"Then beware how you goad an insulted but magnanimous people to deeds of desperation ! The Rev. Robert N. Anderson, also a member of the Presbyterian Church, ..."

3. John L. Stoddard's Lectures: Illustrated and Embellished with Views of the by John Lawson Stoddard (1897)
"Exiled from land, they cast themselves in desperation on the sea. But no one can behold this ocean-city without perceiving that those exiles were rewarded ..."

4. Thirty Years of Labor. 1859-1889: In which the History of the Attempts to by Terence Vincent Powderly (1889)
"... and politician silent on the causes which drove men to t saloon and desperation in the Pennsylvania coal regions—Monopoly and liquor twin evils—Attempts ..."

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