(Des"per*ate*ly), adv. In a desperate manner; without regard to danger or safety; recklessly; extremely; as,
the troops fought desperately.
She fell desperately in love with him.Addison.
(Des"per*ate*ness) n. Desperation; virulence.
(Des`per*a"tion) n. [L. desperatio: cf. OF. desperation.]
1. The act of despairing or becoming desperate; a giving up of hope.
This desperation of success chills all our industry.Hammond.
2. A state of despair, or utter hopeless; abandonment of hope; extreme recklessness; reckless fury.
In the desperation of the moment, the officers even tried to cut their way through with their swords.W.
(Des`pi*ca*bil"i*ty) n. Despicableness. [R.] Carlyle.
(Des"pi*ca*ble) a. [L. despicabilis, fr. despicari to despise; akin to despicere. See Despise.]
Fit or deserving to be despised; contemptible; mean; vile; worthless; as, a despicable man; despicable
company; a despicable gift.
Syn. Contemptible; mean; vile; worthless; pitiful; paltry; sordid; low; base. See Contemptible.
(Des"pi*ca*ble*ness), n. The quality of being despicable; meanness; vileness; worthlessness.
(Des"pi*ca*bly) adv. In a despicable or mean manner; contemptibly; as, despicably stingy.
(Des*pi"cien*cy) n. [L. despicientia. See Despise.] A looking down; despection. [Obs.]
(De*spis"a*ble) a. [Cf. OF. despisable.] Despicable; contemptible. [R.]
(De*spis"al) n. A despising; contempt. [R.]
A despisal of religion.South.
(De*spise") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Despised ; p. pr. & vb. n. Despising.] [OF. despis-, in some
forms of despire to despise, fr. L. despicere, despectum, to look down upon, despise; de- + spicere,
specere, to look. See Spy, and cf. Despicable, Despite.] To look down upon with disfavor or contempt; to
contemn; to scorn; to disdain; to have a low opinion or contemptuous dislike of.
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.Prov. i. 7.
Men naturally despise those who court them, but respect those who do not give way to them.Jowett
Syn. To contemn; scorn; disdain; slight; undervalue. See Contemn.
(De*spis"ed*ness), n. The state of being despised.
(De*spise"ment) n. A despising. [R.] Holland.
(De*spis"er) n. One who despises; a contemner; a scorner.
(De*spis"ing*ly), adv. Contemptuously.