If a person is desperate, he or she has a strong need for something. A situation requires immediate attention. The word "desperate" is an adjective:
- Jonah can’t find a good apartment. He’s becoming desperate.
- Renee is desperate to find a new job. She lost her job six months ago, and now she’s desperately trying to find employment. (The word "desperately" is an adverb.)
- A desperate man walked into the bank and stole some money. He was quickly caught afterwards.
- People in the village have a desperate need for clean water. They desperately need it.
An "ion" ending creates the noun form for this word:
- Desperation filled the air as a small kitchen fire quickly spread out of control.
- Renee’s desperation to find a new job is evident to all who know her.
- A sense of desperation suddenly took hold among the passengers in the sinking ship.
a sinking ship
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First published on October 17, 2012