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Definition of desperation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

desperation

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌdespəˈreɪʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdespəˈreɪʃn//
 
[uncountable]
 
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the state of being desperate In desperation, she called Louise and asked for her help. There was a note of desperation in his voice. an act of sheer desperation Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin desperatio(n-), from the verb desperare, from de- ‘down from’ + sperare ‘to hope’.Extra examples Driven to desperation by our noisy neighbours, we called the police. In desperation, I decided to try acupuncture. In his desperation to escape, Tom had slipped and broken a leg. Many of us feel a quiet desperation at the future. She became a thief out of sheer desperation. The robbery was an act of desperation. There was a note of desperation in her voice. We realized with a sense of growing desperation that nobody knew we were in there. With strength born of desperation, she managed to break down the door. In desperation, she called Louise and asked for help.
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