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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Desperation  \Des`per*a"tion\,  n.  [L.  desperatio:  cf  OF 
  desperation.] 
  1.  The  act  of  despairing  or  becoming  desperate;  a  giving  up 
  of  hope. 
 
  This  desperation  of  success  chills  all  our  industry. 
  --Hammond. 
 
  2.  A  state  of  despair,  or  utter  hopeless;  abandonment  of 
  hope;  extreme  recklessness;  reckless  fury. 
 
  In  the  desperation  of  the  moment,  the  officers  even 
  tried  to  cut  their  way  through  with  their  swords. 
  --W.  Irving. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  desperation 
  n  1:  a  state  in  which  everything  seems  wrong  and  will  turn  out 
  badly;  "they  were  rescued  from  despair  at  the  last 
  minute"  [syn:  {despair}] 
  2:  desperate  recklessness;  "it  was  a  policy  of  desperation" 




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