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.

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In order, what parts of speech are the words in all capital letters? Alisa was VERY tired, SO she decided to go to bed.

Origin of desperation

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

synonym study for desperation

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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