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1. Having lost all hope; despairing.
2. Marked by, arising from, or showing despair: the desperate look of hunger; a desperate cry for help.
3. Reckless or violent because of despair: a desperate criminal.
4. Undertaken out of extreme urgency or as a last resort: a desperate attempt to save the family business.
5. Nearly hopeless; critical: a desperate illness; a desperate situation.
6. Suffering or driven by great need or distress: desperate for recognition.
7. Extremely intense: felt a desperate urge to tell the truth.

[Middle English desperat, from Latin dēspērātus, past participle of dēspērāre, to despair; see despair.]

des′per·ate·ly adv.
des′per·ate·ness n.
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Joan was keenly aware of the desperateness of the situation.
They had been selected blindly by nature, in a cruel and ignoble environment, where the prize of living was to be gained, in the main, by the cunning of cowardice, and, on occasion, by desperateness of defence when in a corner.
In the moment of that thought the desperateness of his situation dawned upon him.
And live to the end he did, smiling through all desperateness and extremity.
Instead, this demonstrates the desperateness in Trump's desires to control more significant portions of and exert greater influence over the Arctic.
The occasional desperateness present in the N-league's actions was taken to higher levels over the weekend when the party leadership addressed a press conference and made startling claims against the judiciary as well as other state institutions.
"Deconstructing 'Desperateness': The Social Construction of Infertility in Popular Representations of New Reproductive Technologies," in M.
There is great pearl of increased desperateness among educated youth in Balochistan if they are not provided their due rights and jobs.
Public stigma often results in self- stigma as "Internalization of guilt, blameworthiness, desperateness, blame and fear of discrimination that is related with psychological disorders".2 It is well documented that individuals suffering from severe psychological ailments (e.g., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder) are the ones that face public and feel internalized stigma.3,4
The SP leader further warned the Centre and said that if our workers will come into force to take action against their desperateness then they have to face the repercussions.
Irfan Siddiqui said disseminating Iqbal's message among youth is our national responsibility and 'we all must initiate efforts to rekindle the spirit of achieving a better future among youth in light of Iqbal's message, ending desperateness'.