Meaning – a feeling of or showing a hopeless sense that a situation is so bad as to be impossible to deal with alone.
Example of using it in a sentence: “The recent floods left the community desperate for help.”
It can also mean: - having a great need or desire for something
Example of using it in a sentence: “It is very cold outside, I am in desperate need of a hot chocolate.”
Spelling Tip – The Latin root word means ‘without hope’. In England, by the 12th century, it became to mean ‘in despair’. However, we are not without hope or in despair - we can learn to spell this word!
des + per + ate
Use the word as many times throughout the week as you can. This can be verbally, in your written work or listen out for other people using it.