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Definitions for desperation
ˌdɛs pəˈreɪ ʃəndes·per·a·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. despair, desperationnoun

    a state in which all hope is lost or absent

    "in the depths of despair"; "they were rescued from despair at the last minute"; "courage born of desperation"

  2. desperationnoun

    desperate recklessness

    "it was a policy of desperation"


  1. desperationnoun

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

  2. desperationnoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Desperationnoun

    Hopelesness; despair; despondency.

    Etymology: from desperate.

    Is all the policy, strength, and defence,
    That Rome can make against them. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    As long as we are guilty of any past sin, and have no promise of remission, whatever our future care be, this desperation of success chills all our industry, and we sin on, because we have sinned. Henry Hammond, on Fundamentals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Desperationnoun

    the act of despairing or becoming desperate; a giving up of hope

  2. Desperationnoun

    a state of despair, or utter hopeless; abandonment of hope; extreme recklessness; reckless fury

  3. Etymology: [L. desperatio: cf. OF. desperation.]


  1. Desperation

    Desperation is a horror novel by Stephen King. It was published in 1996 at the same time as its "mirror" novel, The Regulators. It was made into a TV film starring Ron Perlman, Tom Skeritt, and Steven Weber in 2006. The two novels represent parallel universes relative to one another, and most of the characters present in one novel's world also exist in the other novel's reality, albeit in different circumstances.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of desperation in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of desperation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of desperation in a Sentence

  1. Deacon Lui:

    The movie is about a minority in society constantly being ignored by those who hold the resources, they do not have the proper way to express their anger or such negative emotions... I think it's out of desperation that( The Joker) went crazy and chose to rebel.

  2. Deputy District Attorney Christy Bowles:

    The desperation is what led to his desire to hurt anyone who he felt might be a threat to his family unit. His family unit was everything to him. He did not have a lot of outside interest, a lot of outside friends, a threat to his family unit resulted in his desire to harm anyone who might get in the way of keeping that family whole, and is ultimately what led to the murder of [Maya].

  3. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

    On the 28th or 29th of the month, you will let that person touch you because of economic desperation.

  4. Erika Jayne:

    The subpoena sounds like a fishing expedition or desperation move if it is directed at Erika, i keep explaining that there is no hidden treasure, which we have supported by providing counsel for the bankruptcy trustee with all relevant bank account and financial information in Erika’s possession. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP.

  5. Carlos Andres Gomez:

    So many men in the world (are) living in this sort of quiet desperation, confined in this box of toxic masculinity.

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