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Synonyms for desperation
ˌdɛs pəˈreɪ ʃəndes·per·a·tion

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English Synonyms and Antonyms2.7 / 3 votes

  1. desperation

    Discouragement is the result of so much repulse or failure as wears out courage. Discouragements too frequent and long continued may produce a settled hopelessness. Hopelessness is negative, and may result from simple apathy; despondency and despair are more emphatic and decided. Despondency is an incapacity for the present exercise of hope; despair is the utter abandonment of hope. Despondency relaxes energy and effort and is always attended with sadness or distress; despair may produce a stony calmness, or it may lead to desperation. Desperation is energized despair, vigorous in action, reckless of consequences.

    despair, despondency, discouragement, hopelessness

    anticipation, assurance, cheer, confidence, courage, elation, encouragement, expectancy, expectation, hope, hopefulness, trust

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. despair, desperationnoun

    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"


  2. desperationnoun

    desperate recklessness

    "it was a policy of desperation"


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  1. desperationnoun

    despair, hopelessness

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words3.5 / 2 votes

  1. desperationnoun

    despair, hopelessness, recklessness

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  1. List of paraphrases for "desperation":

    despair, hopelessness, distress, despondency

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  1. Keith Krach:

    For Russia, this partnership is born of desperation, he [Putin] is looking for help wherever he can find it and Xi Jinping is all too willing to prey on Putin’s desperation.

  2. Anthony Burgess:

    We all need money, but there are degrees of desperation.

  3. Benjamin Disraeli:

    Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.

  4. Jose Saturnino Cardozo:

    It was a very tight match, we knew it would be like that given that your opponents often play on your desperation (since) a 0-0 draw gave them the possibility of playing the final. We lacked creativity to generate chances and put them away.

  5. Henry David Thoreau:

    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

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