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DESPERATE. Of which there is no hope.
     2. This term is used frequently, in making an inventory of a decedent's effects, when a debt is considered so bad that there is no hope of recovering it. It is then called a desperate debt, and, if it be so returned, it will be prima facie, considered as desperate. See Toll. Ex. 248 2 Williams, Ex. 644; 1 Chit. Pr. 580. See Sperate.

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Addressing a news conference at his residence in Islamabad today he said that N-League was indulging in sorts of statement mongering out of its frustration and desperateness, since general election in the country was fast approaching.
Kathy stares at him with a desperateness that says, "Do something.
The desperateness that suffuses Howard's entry into the debate about national identity illustrates the poverty of language and ideas that is one consequence of the attempt to weld social conservatism to the neo-liberal project.
Now, should we carefully consider the beginning of the poem and the very end ('prologue' and 'epilogue,' as I have called them during the analysis), we will observe the shift from worldly to transcendental, and additionally will face a progression: the prologue contained the Wanderer's desperateness, with the exclamation that "Wyrd is resolute," from which--after the Wanderer's hardships and seeing his development--we come to the phrase "Well is with him, who seeks grace, Solace of the Father in Heaven.
Maybe, it's Democrats' desperateness to reoccupy the White House by differing with the Republicans.
Although it seems as though Millie is finally able to face up to the female part of Joss, Kay uses this situation to display Millie's desperateness to prove that even when Joss does 'female' things, there is an innate maleness to him.
It rests on her status as a mother of six (bearing too many children), her poverty, and the desperateness of her situation.
Poverty severely affects these people because they lose hope in the promises of God, and the desperateness of their circumstances can lead to theft, prostitution and even murder.
Does a lack of access to care (in a developing country, for instance) increase the desperateness of people to acquire data?
Nostromo, once proud of his desperateness but at last respectable with
Shaftab Khalid owes his meteoric elevation in part to his ability to bowl the off-spinner's 'wrong 'un' and England's desperateness to develop a spinner of real potency.