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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"

Wiktionary

  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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Desperationnoun

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

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

  2. Desperationnoun

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

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

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  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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Numerology

  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. Benjamin Disraeli:

    Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.

  2. Torture Claudio Grossman:

    In certain moments, people living in a situation of conflict and desperation tend to think that 'drastic measures' will function.

  3. George Pagoulatos:

    Greece already has first-hand experience of economic populism and is now rejecting it, making a turn towards pragmatism, the vote in 2015 was one of hope, of desperation. Then the idealism collapsed. Now people are focusing on who they believe can deliver.

  4. Jose Saturnino Cardozo:

    It was a very tight match, we knew it would be like that given that your opponents often play on your desperation (since) a 0-0 draw gave them the possibility of playing the final. We lacked creativity to generate chances and put them away.

  5. Colonel Sani Usman:

    Although details are not clear, it is important to note the attacks signify high level of desperation on the part of the Boko Haram terrorists.

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