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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. despair, desperation(noun)

    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. desperation(noun)

    desperate recklessness

    "it was a policy of desperation"


  1. desperation(Noun)

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

  2. desperation(Noun)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Desperation(noun)

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

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

  2. Desperation(noun)

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

    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. Peter S. Prescott:

    Many books today suggest that the mass of women lead lives of noisy desperation.

  2. Kwon Ji-an:

    I'd gotten treatment out of desperation that I really wanted to live, i don't get hurt any more even though I see those malevolent online comments, but now is time to discuss it as a serious social issue.

  3. South African artist William Kentridge:

    The Tiber is a river swollen with glory and pain. On one side the fortune of the popes, on the other the suffering of the Jewish Ghetto. Above ... a pulsating, splendid city; below, under the bridges, the desperation of the homeless.

  4. Sidney Crosby:

    Our desperation level was much higher in the third, you saw the difference in our game and our play ... but you have to find that level of desperation for the entire game.

  5. Kip Moore:

    We live this life of it can be the most exhilarating thing every night on stage but it can also play these tricks on you, he said. We've done 200 shows a year for the last three years and it can make you feel so like you're losing everything in your life, people you care about, those kinds of things, there's a lot of desperation on this record. it’s the same group of guys, it’s the same time, the same lighting guys, the same sound guys, he said. We really are brothers, and we love hanging out with each other, and I miss the heck out of them when I ’m out on the road, so that’s an amazing part of it is I ’m getting to hang out with my family every day and do something that we all love.

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