What does the word desperation mean?

Usage examples for desperation

  1. " Bossin' the whole job for me," hurried on Spindler, with nervous desperation. – Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  2. " One last question, then," interposed Jelf, with a sort of desperation. – A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest by Amelia B. Edwards
  3. David, I said in desperation, I must go. – The Professional Aunt by Mary C.E. Wemyss