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desperation

noun [U] uk   /ˌdes.pəˈreɪ.ʃən/ us  
C2 the feeling that you have when you are in such a bad situation that you are willing to take risks in order to change it: There was a note of desperation in his voice. In desperation, they jumped out of the window to escape the fire. an act of desperation the feeling of needing or wanting something very much: his desperation to survive
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