And live to the end he did, smiling through all desperateness and extremity.
The desperateness of the situation was, however, manifest to all.
The hours left him were few, and his impatience had grown to the point of desperateness now.
Judge of the efforts you have to make and of the desperateness of the struggle.
The desperateness of my condition was, for a moment, forgotten.
Joan was keenly aware of the desperateness of the situation.
I convinced him of its desperateness, and I unfolded to him my scheme.
A desperateness quite unrealized until it was over, and complete victory had been achieved.
Each sustained a wretch, whose groans and distortions bespoke the desperateness of his condition.
Only one who has seen California cactus thickets can realize the desperateness of this act.
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.