Origin of desperate
Examples from the Web for desperately
She seemed to create her own world and you desperately wanted to be part of it.
Their community, their city, their country, desperately needs them.
Next, he took his efforts to the desperately poor, hungry regions of India and Pakistan.
The McCanns say they are desperately worried about the safety of their nine-year old twins who are often subjects of online abuse.Outed Madeleine McCann Troll Kills Herself. But Millions Live On Online.|Barbie Latza Nadeau|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She desperately needed to talk to someone, express her feelings, and be given support.Mossad’s Greatest Female Assassin: An Excerpt From ‘Sylvia Rafael’|Ram Oren, Moti Kfir|September 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“We are about two hundred feet down,” the voice went on, desperately.Sign of the Green Arrow|Roy J. (Roy Judson) Snell
The second came at them again, tackle-back, desperately, fighting hard.Behind the Line|Ralph Henry Barbour
They looked about them desperately for some means of extricating him from his predicament.The Boy Inventors' Radio Telephone|Richard Bonner
Why, otherwise, should he be so desperately anxious that she should not get so near him as to see his features?The Return of Sherlock Holmes|Arthur Conan Doyle
Herrick was half inclined to smile, but she was so desperately in earnest that he refrained.The Making of a Soul|Kathlyn Rhodes
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.