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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.
"It's having to beg shops to let us use the loo when my son is desperate - a desperateness which comes on in two seconds with no warning whatsoever.
Biong took all the pains, the shame and the desperateness to yet create another story whereby he has to implicate the late Dr.
It is out of desperateness to run away from genocide," he said.
Among insecures, preoccupieds report low self-esteem, and feelings of dependency, jealousy, and desperateness in a relationship (Collins, 1993; Feeney & Noller, 1990; Hindy & Schwarz, 1994; Williams & Schill, 1994).
For example, he shows how Paul de Man's notes re-enact the dishonesty of his reading of Benjamin and concludes: "The craving to repress the logocentric God reveals its strength in the sheer desperateness of the textual measures it incites" (386).
Their desperateness to ram the deal home has been barely concealed by the fact that Parliament members were given days, not months, to study and debate the deal.
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." Thus, the Wanderer's hardships have led him to the only security that he may surely trust (as opposed to that of the earthly lord, who passes away just like all else), and that is the security of the Heavens.
Maybe, it's Democrats' desperateness to reoccupy the White House by differing with the Republicans.