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desperation

[des-puh-rey-shuh n] /ˌdɛs pəˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the state of being desperate or of having the recklessness of despair.
2.
the act or fact of despairing; despair.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English desperacioun < Latin dēspērātiōn- (stem of dēspērātiō). See desperate, -ion
Synonyms
1. See despair.
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British Dictionary definitions for desperation

desperation

/ˌdɛspəˈreɪʃən/
noun
1.
desperate recklessness
2.
the act of despairing or the state of being desperate
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Word Origin and History for 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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