I think of the many African American children who sat in one-room schoolhouses, desperately trying to get an education.
And why were these stocked folk "desperately hungry for housing"?
The McCanns say they are desperately worried about the safety of their nine-year old twins who are often subjects of online abuse.
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.