DESPERATE in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of DESPERATE
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desperate
 a.  having lost all hope; very serious or bad
Classic Sentence: (210 in 15 pages)
1  They clung to each other's hands like children, and her body shook with desperate sobs.
Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In IX
2  And then it's generally to some desperate old widower with a large plantation and a dozen children.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER VII
3  Rhett's boats were singularly lucky both in taking out cotton for the Confederacy and bringing in the war materials for which the South was desperate.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XII
4  His hand on the doorknob, he turned and looked at her, a long, desperate look, as if he wanted to carry away with him every detail of her face and figure.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XV
5  There was desperate fighting at New Hope Church, eleven days of continuous fighting, with every Yankee assault bloodily repulsed.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVII
6  She wanted Tara with the desperate desire of a frightened child frantic for the only haven it had ever known.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XX
7  The silence was so prolonged she wondered if Grandma could have failed to comprehend her desperate plight.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXVI
8  The Fontaines had fared best of any, thanks to Sally's hard ride, but it was flourishing only by comparison with the desperate situation of the other neighbors.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIX
9  Her need of money was too pressing, too desperate, for her to bother about his ultimate fate.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIII
10  "You see what a desperate character I am, Scarlett," said Rhett.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIV
11  "It's made out of Mother's curtains," she answered, too desperate to lie about this shame.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIV
12  She was chilled and disheartened and desperate.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXV
13  Loving you as you say he does, he should have known just what you would do when you were desperate.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXVI
14  Now, the eyes which had been fearful and desperate were hard.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIX
15  She tried to remember what she had heard about the releasing of the Milledgeville convicts in that last desperate effort to stem the tide of Sherman's army.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XLII
Example Sentence: (51 in 4 pages)
16  They are desperate to erase the memory of that last defeat in Cardiff.
17  A desperate tiredness set in after hours of anxious waiting.
18  He twisted and turned in a desperate attempt to shake off his pursuer.
19  Alice felt so desperate that she was ready to ask help of any one.
20  The switch hovered in the air -- the peril was desperate -- "My! Look behind you, aunt!" The old lady whirled round, and snatched her skirts out of danger.
21  The new eleven hour curfew has been brought in by an administration seemingly desperate to stop what has now become a wave of demonstrations against King Gyanendra, his son Crown Prince Paras and increasingly, in favor of a republic.
22  Hollywood producers scour the globe desperate for TV show ideas, it's not just about Britain anymore.
23  Whatever the Democrats might say, Bush's decision to commute Libby's sentence is less the product of a strong-willed and cocksure presidency and more a desperate act intended to shore up some support amongst the party faithful.
24  It is desperately sad news and I am absolutely shattered to hear it.
25  Haig was desperately eager for an affirmative answer.
26  Rescue teams worked desperately to restore utilities in the area shattered by the hurricane.
27  Her marriage is in trouble and she is desperately unhappy.
28  They grappled desperately for control of the weapon.
29  She looked desperately around for a weapon.
30  His country desperately needs Western aid to restore its ailing economy.