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 Dictionary entry overview: What does desperation mean? 

  The noun DESPERATION has 2 senses:

1. a state in which everything seems wrong and will turn out badly
2. desperate recklessness

  Familiarity information: DESPERATION used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1desperation [BACK TO TOP]


A state in which everything seems wrong and will turn out badly

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


despair; desperation

Context example:

they were rescued from despair at the last minute

Hypernyms ("desperation" is a kind of...):

condition; status (a state at a particular time)

Sense 2desperation [BACK TO TOP]


Desperate recklessness

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

it was a policy of desperation

Hypernyms ("desperation" is a kind of...):

foolhardiness; rashness; recklessness (the trait of giving little thought to danger)

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