Origin of desperation
Examples from the Web for desperation
Stories of war, death, fear and desperation do not have happy endings.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What does our desperation to get a nuclear deal at all costs say to the modern-day Iranian Solzhenitsyns rotting in Evin prison?
They were shouting with a mixture of fury and desperation about their families in Kobani, under siege just across the line.
Perhaps, instead, they had reached a desperation we can't quite fathom.
They allowed us to capture the complicated relationship between poverty and family bonds, between community pride and desperation.Filming a Beautiful Town in Decay: ‘Rich Hill’ and the Elusive American Dream|Tracy Droz Tragos|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is it indeed which the devil desireth; he can allow you grief and desperation, but not to amend.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)|Richard Baxter
I felt that desperation and recklessness of poverty which only a pauper knows.Redburn. His First Voyage|Herman Melville
He realized with desperation that every word the other spoke was true, that he was helpless unless he could be convincing.The Key to Yesterday|Charles Neville Buck
But that unvarying scrutiny was harder to bear, and at last, in desperation, she made a quivering appeal.Rosa Mundi and Other Stories|Ethel M. Dell
In extremes of desperation one clutches at the semblance of a straw.The Dragon Painter|Mary McNeil Fenollosa
British Dictionary definitions for desperation
Word Origin and History for desperation
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.)).