desperation desperation  /ˌdɛ spə ˈreɪ ʃən/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a state in which all hope is lost or absent
  2. (n) desperate recklessness

Usage(s):

  1. This smells a bit of desperation.
  2. This sort of attack is unprecedented in Iranian politics--and it may indicate desperation on Ahmadinejad's part.
  3. It has been a year of political risk taking in Latin America as leaders tried to forge landmark social and political changes, sometimes impelled by desperation, sometimes not.

News

  1. Who saved Miami’s bacon at end of Game 6? Chris Bosh.

    At shootaround on Tuesday before Game 6, Chris Bosh said that hot shooting Spur Danny Green wasn’t going to get clean looks at threes. Then, with the Spurs having one last shot in overtime to tie the game, Bosh made sure his words were good by blocking a Green desperation three to tie the game.…
    on June 19, 2013     Source: NBC Sports: ProBasketballTalk

  2. PBT: Watch Bosh's big block | And big game

    At shootaround on Tuesday before Game 6, Chris Bosh said that hot shooting Spur Danny Green wasn’t going to get clean looks at threes. Then, with the Spurs having one last shot in overtime to tie the game, Bosh made sure his words were good by blocking a Green desperation three to tie the game.…
    on June 19, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS

  3. Brazil seeks to take advantage of desperate Mexico

    FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) -- Brazil wants to use Mexico's desperation to its advantage when the teams meet in the Confederations Cup on Wednesday.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: The Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports

Quotes

  1. "We must also support efforts by the government of Afghanistan to separate the extremists of al Qaeda and the Taliban from those who have joined their ranks not out of conviction, but out of desperation," Clinton said at an international...
    on Mar 31, 2009 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: Reuters

  2. "This reflects the weakness and desperation of these leaders," McCormack said.
    on Sep 12, 2008 By: Sean McCormack Source: guardian.co.uk

  3. 1610 US Defence Secretary Robert Gates says the primary goal is to distribute aid as quickly as possible "so that people don't, in their desperation, turn to violence".
    on Jan 15, 2010 By: Robert Gates Source: BBC News

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