He brought joy to everyone who knew him, and we will miss him desperately.
I think of the many African American children who sat in one-room schoolhouses, desperately trying to get an education.
Thus his love of escapist, desperately lighthearted writers like Laurence Sterne and Miguel de Cervantes.
To see a woman so desperately bereft of any pride in herself is beyond depressing.
And why were these stocked folk "desperately hungry for housing"?
The living creature would not acknowledge that right dominion, most desperately would withstand it.
It refused to be passive, though it desperately needed sleep.
He was desperately alarmed lest he should be dropped with a crash, poor man!
"In the drawer, if you must know," replied Fanny, desperately.
The same sort of desperately serious intellectual attitude is seen in Spencer's remarks on the Opera.
early 15c., "despairing, hopeless," from Latin desperatus "given up, despaired of," past participle of desperare (see despair (v.)). Sense of "driven to recklessness" is from late 15c.; weakened sense of "having a great desire for" is from 1950s. Related: Desperately.