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He turned and began to run homewards, like a hunted man in desperate flight.

Desperate hope in another man's God may do something for us, but it cannot do much.

In this desperate situation he determined to send a written despatch to Athens.

It may be, however, that matters are not so desperate as they appear.

"You're a desperate fellow," she said, half scared, and she laughed a little.

The attack of the castle and the defense of it were equally fierce, bloody, and desperate.

Suffering had made me desperate, and I cared not for the consequences.

Even this did not make me beastly drunk, but it made me desperate and impudent.

"Kill me, if you will, and have done," he went on in a voice that was desperate with love and shame.

With a desperate effort he cast himself into the water, dragging them with him.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "despairing, hopeless," from Latin desperatus "given up, despaired of," past participle of desperare (see despair (v.)). Sense of "driven to recklessness" is from late 15c.; weakened sense of "having a great desire for" is from 1950s. Related: Desperately.

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