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desperationnoun [U]

uk   /ˌdes.pəˈreɪ.ʃən/ us   /ˌdes.pəˈreɪ.ʃən/
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
(Definition of desperation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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desperationnoun [U]

us   /ˌdes·pəˈreɪ·ʃən/
the feeling of being in such a bad situation that you will take any risk to change it: In desperation, they jumped out of the window to escape the fire.
(Definition of desperation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “desperation”
in Arabic يَأس…
in Korean 자포자기, 절실함…
in Portuguese desesperação, desespero…
in Catalan desesperació…
in Japanese 必死, やけ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 冒险, 破釜沉舟,拼死一搏…
in Chinese (Traditional) 冒險, 破釜沉舟,拼死一搏…
in Italian disperazione…
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