1. The act of despairing or becoming desperate; a giving up of hope.
This desperation of success chills all our industry. --Hammond.
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. --W. Irving.
n 1: a state in which everything seems wrong and will turn out
badly; "they were rescued from despair at the last
minute" [syn: despair]
2: desperate recklessness; "it was a policy of desperation"