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Middle English desperat from Latin dēspērātus past participle of dēspērāre to despair despair
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latin dēspērātus, past participle of dēspērō (“to be without hope”)
By now, he had to be desperate to get rid of her.
I was desperate to get away from there!
I was desperate to learn more details about the crime.
The police were desperate to find her.
She must have been desperate to make him sleep on his own.
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