Origin of desperate
Examples from the Web for desperate
We might have thought The Comeback was about a desperate actress's shameless struggle for fame.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards|Kevin Fallon|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Brinsley got out of jail last July, and was desperate and aimless.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish|M.L. Nestel|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After what seemed a desperate eternity, a doctor shook his head.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sam watches her fall apart, tear herself apart and is desperate.
He and Jessen convinced a stunned and desperate CIA that they were the ones to run a new interrogation program.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built|Michael Daly|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All his desperate sorrow of the morning and the horror of his dream were gone.Lady Into Fox|David Garnett
Men evidently met here, possibly after some desperate adventure against society.The Million Dollar Mystery|Harold MacGrath
He was too desperate to curse his fate—he could only long for food.The Ape, the Idiot & Other People|W. C. Morrow
Our military leaders recognised, far sooner than the rest of us, that this war was going to be a grim and desperate business.A Padre in France|George A. Birmingham
Eagle-head saw that, unless he made a desperate effort, he would be lost, and he attempted it.The Tiger-Slayer|Gustave Aimard
Word Origin for desperate
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.