desperation

noun
ADJECTIVE
pure, sheer
quiet
growing, increasing

We realized with a sense of growing desperation that nobody knew we were in there.

… OF DESPERATION
hint, note

There was a note of desperation in her voice.

VERB + DESPERATION
feel
drive sb to

Driven to desperation by the noise, we called the police.

PREPOSITION
in (your) desperation

In desperation, I decided to try acupuncture.

In his desperation to escape, Tom had slipped and broken a leg.

out of desperation

She became a thief out of sheer desperation.

desperation about, desperation at

Many of us feel a quiet desperation at the future.

PHRASES
an act of desperation

The robbery was an act of desperation.

courage, strength, etc. born of desperation

With strength born of desperation, she managed to break down the door.


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