1. [syn: despair, desperation]
2. desperate recklessness;
- Example: "it was a policy of desperation"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Desperation \Des`per*a"tion\, n. [L. desperatio: cf. OF.
1. The act of despairing or becoming desperate; a giving up
This desperation of success chills all our industry.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a state in which all hope is lost or absent; "in the depths
of despair"; "they were rescued from despair at the last
minute"; "courage born of desperation" [syn: despair,
2: desperate recklessness; "it was a policy of desperation"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
34 Moby Thesaurus words for "desperation":
acedia, anguish, anxiety, anxiousness, apathy, cave of Trophonius,
cave of despair, defeatism, dejection, depression, despair,
desperateness, despondency, disconsolateness, discouragement,
distress, foolhardiness, forlornness, gloom, heedlessness,
hopelessness, impetuosity, imprudence, melancholy, misery, no exit,
no way, no way out, pessimism, rashness, recklessness, sloth,