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desperation

[ des-puh-rey-shuhn ]
/ ˌdɛs pəˈreɪ ʃən /
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noun

the state of being desperate or of having the recklessness of despair.
the act or fact of despairing; despair.

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Origin of desperation

1325–75; Middle English desperacioun<Latin dēspērātiōn- (stem of dēspērātiō). See desperate, -ion
1. See despair.
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British Dictionary definitions for desperation

desperation
/ (ˌdɛspəˈreɪʃən) /

noun

desperate recklessness
the act of despairing or the state of being desperate
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