When you are absolutely starving and you steal a loaf of bread because you are feeling so hungry, this is an example of acting out of desperation.
- the state of being desperate
- recklessness resulting from despair
Origin of desperationMiddle English desperacioun from Classical Latin desperatio
- The condition of being desperate.
- Recklessness arising from despair.
(countable and uncountable, plural desperations)
From Middle French desperation, from Latin desperatio.