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"We'll get the best lawyers in the country," Mary persisted, desperately.

"I've refused all these to Uncle Timothy; he's been worrying me with questions—" I said desperately.

But he, having laughed at love all his life, loved her deeply, desperately.

She felt, desperately, that she could not let him go until he had had some real joy.

I want you to love me, love me desperately, the way I love you.

Peter ground his teeth, and looked about him desperately, for he had no words to say.

Over half the children were desperately ill and seven of them died.

“You have no right to refuse the money,” said I, desperately.

Presently he fell in love most desperately with an hysterical woman and married her.

You would have been desperately uncomfortable and I—miserably ashamed of myself.

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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