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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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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.
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.
Yet only when integrated into the whole does it gather its real significance: a portrayal of man's desperateness to escape such a fate; the act a breaking of the order of the universe and a union of separate races; an underlying of the work's evocation of pity which requires relation to contex t: the realisation that such an incident is written as a reflection of real man's own fear of death, and as a spiritual message.