desperation

[ des-puh-rey-shuh n ]
/ ˌdɛs pəˈreɪ ʃən /

noun

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

Origin of desperation

1325–75; Middle English desperacioun < Latin dēspērātiōn- (stem of dēspērātiō). See desperate, -ion

Synonym study

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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Word Origin and History for desperation

desperation


n.

mid-14c., from Middle French désperation or directly from Latin desperationem (nominative desperatio) "despair, hopelessness," noun of action from past participle stem of desperare "lose hope" (see despair (v.)).

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